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Stick Dancer 2 by carvenaked Stick Dancer 2 by carvenaked
About 35" tall, this figure is carved from a red oak branch.
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dischart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
I like this piece. Very expressive pose.
A sense of abandonment, exhileration, celebration.
Great imagination to see this in a branch.
Always love the qualities of wood.

Must have been quite a trick doing this with a chain-saw. Do you shave with that thing too?
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
a little chainsaw work here, a zip zip trim. Then a real loose rough out. Most of the meat of it was roughed and cleaned with a grinder. Hands and face cut in with an exacto...
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dischart Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
I'm impressed. I was kidding about the chainsaw. Didn't think you'd use it on a piece so small and delicate.
Although I've seen some pretty delicate and intricate work done with chainsaws, mainly with ice sculpting.
In any case it's good wood. I've tried to do a little wood carving myself, but don't have the patience.
And it's too much like work....after a period of hard work out in the field, I need my art work to be a little less strenuous.

But I admire good sculpting, especially wood.
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Well it's true, it is a lot like work. Dirty hazardous work, but I swear the hard work is the only thing helping me fight back the years. I love having rock hard forearms!
I'm lucky enough to have a six saws, one is 5.2 cu. inch with a 36" bar, on the other end I have a little echo with a 12"bar and what they call a dime tip. It is tiny! Also a larger echo, an old Stihl that needs work and several electrics I use till they die.
Cheers!
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dischart Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
sounds like you know how to have fun. I used to have a Mcullough (sp?) with about a 30" blade, which was two heavy for the small work I did. I now have one with abouit a 15" blade. Don't remember the name off hand, it's a french sounding name. Anyway, I only use it for small jobs. Use to have an electric that I put on the end of a pole to get the high limbs from the ground. Anyway, I admire the artwork that can be done with these things. There are a couple of people around Madison, Wi. who carve figures into tree stumbs in people's yards. They do some pretty impressive sculpting with those things.
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PeterTBexley Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Amazing - you have captured some magic here. It has just occurred to me that you might be interested in seeing a friends work - have a look [link]
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Hey! Thanks for the tip, I did take a look and found many things I like. Thanks for the kind words as well!
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PeterTBexley Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Great - you should email Carl - very approachable guy
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional
very nice job
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