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Vacation means days away from the routine. The routine of life lately has not left much room for simple art and craft work as of late.. but the start of summer means we are off the beach in North Carolina. Holden beach is where we are holed up, outside the door is the ocean, inside is all the food you can eat. Once we got settled the first thing I really wanted to do was make something, so out came the wooden ring kit on the first few days.. 40 or so new ones were made from 3 to 14 in size, this small box of them will be carried around and offered up as gifts. A day and a half of ring making left my fingers crippled and a thumbnail almost sanded away from holding those little things as they are shaped.. out came the spoon blanks.
I'll still carve nudes, got several under way but the spoon has a lot of possibilities as was noted in an earlier submission. The bottom spoon was carved first, it is designed to look like a shell has been lashed to a handle and the hang hole is carved to resemble a capped end with a ring. It was carved entirely with a flexcut knife and a swiss gouge. The shell shaped head turned out to be as thin as a potato chip and cracked while detailing the other side. Of course being wood it was easily repaired but is now relegated to 'decorative'. Maybe you could scoop jello or something soft with it. Not sure what the wood is.. Next came a spoon made purely for use. This red oak spoon has all the heft the first one lacked.. then some, it was carved from a five pound blank and still weighs a pound! It is an oversized spoon that can stir batter >or concrete< and has the heft to put the R back in respect! The corrective properties refer to both ends! In the interest of the utmost simplicity it has no hang hole but one may be added as it is far too large to go in a drawer.. maybe cross wise?
The last is the maple paddle.. now remember, this is just a big spoon. In the history and study of fluid dynamics it has been shown that this paddle form is excellent for creating movement in fluid. While the paddle shape itself was designed to move a boat 'through' the fluid rather to stir, it's ability to get a 'grip' on constantly shifting matter such as fluid is unquestioned. A coven of witches could stir a cauldron a foot or more deep and still have two hands on the object while scraping the bottom. A cook with the necessary fortitude could stir a pot to provide for the masses. A child could paddle a boat with it! But what are the odds any of those will happen... none of course, so realizing that this, the most useful of the designs, is still mostly playful whimsy, a smiling fish was carved in the hollow.
Fun is! Today I'll get down to the beach and work on the tan!
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Given 2013-06-15
Vacation by ~carvenaked ( Suggested by Brookette and Featured by maytel )
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gecko-online Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
lovely work!
I much like the smiling fish.
He has holidays!
I suppose, you had, too.
Stay well!
and congrats for the DD!!
Michael
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Thanks Michael, appreciated!
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:icongecko-online:
gecko-online Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
welcome, as always! ;-)
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Great work!
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Thanks!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Beautiful artworks! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thanks!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
It's my pleasure! :)
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Schneefuechsin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations on the DD! :hug:
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thanks very much!
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IamZandar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful! Congratulations!
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thanks! Much appreciated!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thank you!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconflyingheartsplz::blowkiss::iconflyingheartsplz:
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Karinta Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Wowee! Wonderful job. I love wooden art.
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thanks! Wood is good! And around this a way it is everywhere.
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
YES! You're welcome. :hug:
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The-Raven-Soul Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Not only is this artwork beautiful, but the description is wonderfully entertaining! :meow: Thank you for this!
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I'm glad you enjoyed the picture and the description. I always try to have fun with these things and it truly was my pleasure.
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KevinStiles Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Congratulations, Arrik -
this is such a well deserved DD. i love these carvings...and as always - your commentary is stellar.
one day, man - i'm telling you - put all these writings and illustrations into a book form. they really are a fabulous read...and mental journey.
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thanks Kevin, I appreciate it.
That thought is tucked away safely, I think both you and me are both going to have enough material the way we are going so far.
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KevinStiles Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
i suppose - but, your story content is definitely more entertaining.
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
You are too kind!
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Doyouloveme99 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Artist
pretty cool!!!
i want it...
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thanks!
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Doyouloveme99 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Artist
np
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NickBentonArt Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Very cool. Amazing craft and I really enjoyed your commentary that came with it.
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
It was my pleasure and i am glad you enjoyed it enough to comment!
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:iconbrookette:
Brookette Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:clap: congrats on the DD!
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thank you for suggesting it! Very much appreciated!
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:iconbrookette:
Brookette Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :D
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Hardly.. but thank you very much! I appreciate the vote of confidence!
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mea00 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! Congrats on the DD
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thanks and thanks!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
They are all beautiful and somehow remind me of the beach. Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thanks very much! I appreciate you stopping in to say so!
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thanks, and you as well!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    My pleasure, thank you :happybounce:
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Nice things.
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Thanks very much!
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Your welcome.
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Sp00ntaneous Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOVE the fish one. Wish I had made it. Great work.... lots of personality, too.
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:iconcarvenaked:
carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thank you very much! I enjoyed looking at your spoons a lot!
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Just happy to see you're still among the living. You hadn't posted in so long, I was actually beginning to wonder.
Enjoy your vacation, dude.
And, you know, be sure to slather on the SPF-30 or above. ;)
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Hi Rich, yeah.. and I won't be posting a lot as my whole life right now is building the ol dream home. Been waiting 29 years to do it and the time has come. At present I'm laying up the stone foundation, which will take till summers end.
Too late for the sunscreen warning but thanks... got a decent reddening.. we are up in the mountains now and fully clothed!
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Dream home, huh..?
Cool.
You should post some pics.
Or, at least, send me a copy of the plans. :)
Love to see what constitutes your dream.

I'm guessing the shop will remain as is..?
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Shop will remain as is.. the house is over the hill and forty feet up in elevation.. I'll send a few pictures..
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