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A chip on his shoulder
This is a solid oak carving cut from an eighty pound block of stump wood. It measures about 29 inches tall by 22 wide by about nine inches front to backhand still weighs 45 pounds or more.. the wood is magnificent curly oak though admittedly it was left on the stump a bit long and has veins of rot forming. I got to it in time to salvage most of it. The logs taken above it were used in their entirety as door and window trim in the house we built.
 The figure is cut with a motion to it as if caught mid-stride, a piece of waste wood was mounted to his shoulder as a counterpoint to the head which is cartoony and blocky. The face is kept stern with wrinkles. The idea was to keep it simple with broad surfaces to highlight the woods figure. In a few areas the detail is added it does compete with the grain, but adjusting the light on the work makes the sculpted form stand out. The 'chip' on his shoulder is stained black to add a distinction, still trying to decide if it works. 
 One critique I heard is that the face is not cocky enough and looks pained. My idea of a chip on the shoulder is that exactly, a burden that limits you and adversely affects others who you encounter because of bad attitude! 
 In real life and in this carving, the chip can be discarded.. only a small steel pin holds it.
 The carving is a range of textures from planed and flat polished to round and smoothed.. to chainsaw cut texture and rot holes. It is finished in spar urethane.
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A chip on his shoulder back view
This carving measures 29" high by 22" wide by about 9" front to back. It is cut from a block of curly red oak.
 This view shows the outside of the block, the light colored part is spalting from the cambium layer of wood. This block was cut from a stump... the log was originally cut high because the base was so wide it couldn't be sawed easily. A year later I came back and took the stump wood. It is still mostly sound but the sapwood was starting to rot in a few places. Rotted areas were consolidated with cyano acrylate to make it strong enough to cut and grind, and once the whole thing was finished they become part of the natural 'look'. These areas were oriented to the back.
   This kind of 'tiger' oak grows in abundance in my woodlot as many rotted stumps from logging in the past show this curly grain.
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Firelight nude 2
Sarah A. was the model who lived closest to me, so I have the most shots of her. Whole sets have never been processed. Someday we'll get through them with the close look they need!
 While it is true that a well equipped studio is a big help, if you look around there is always some natural light situation that can do in a pinch. Here we threw a handful of kindling onto the fire to get some extra flame.
 Here she is photographed, lit by firelight with just a touch of blue from the dawn's light creeping in. 
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Nude by firelight
Sarah A. was the model who lived closest to me, so I have the most shots of her.
 While it is true that a well equipped studio is a big help, if you look around there is always some natural light situation that can do in a pinch. Here we threw a handful of kindling onto the fire to get some extra flame.
 Here she is photographed, lit by firelight with just a touch of blue light from the dawn's light creeping in. 
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It's hard to believe how long it has been since writing the last Journal entry. 
I've thought of my old friend Dave Moore a hundred times since that last entry.  
My humble workshop/studio located at:

470 West Thompson RD
Thompson CT 06277
860 985 2998

will be part of an open studios tour on:
November 25, 26, and 27th, and
December 2, and 3rd.
 This open studio event started out as community outreach and covers Artist's and Craftspersons' studios throughout Northeast CT. Eateries and local business help sponsor the event and certain venues are set up for gift sales.
 I'll have my place, which is normally a disorganized death trap,
organized, swept, and with art and craft objects on display. I'll have carving and box making projects in progress as demonstrations. A list of artists and studios and a simplified map can be seen online at 'aosct.org'.

 The shop has a story itself.
It was once a large two story cinderblock chicken coop, part of a six coop complex. My wife and I, along with friends, demolished it in the end of 1997 and rebuilt it, on part of the same foundation to avoid zoning issues, as a workshop. It was decrepit, for every pound of wood in the ceiling there was half a pound of animal feces. Being located near the only road frontage I have meant this was the spot to build. Two years before demo day, several pine trees were cut and left to season up on blocks in the woods in 30 foot>ten Meter +/_< lengths. When the cambium layer weakened, the trees were de-barked. A few years later these same trees became a small timber frame erected in the center of the new building. The outer walls are laid up of the same old cinder blocks, carefully cleaned for re-use. Re-cycling of materials was a year long job. The next year the foundation was repaired, new bond beams were cast on the old footings which were rubble stone. In repairing the foundation, the old floor slab had to be undercut, so extensive shoring was made on two sides to preserve the slab and sand below. Old roof sheathing>1 x 8 pine< was sacrificed for that purpose with old rafters used as framing and bracing. Four square footings were dug and cast near the center of the new building for the timber frame. The footings for the old buildings support system didn't work with the new plan so were covered over. Once the foundation was repaired a sand bed was spread over the old slab and a new slab raised up six inches was cast.
The walls went up in 1999, and to save money we laid em up ourselves. Thanks and remembrance to R. Santierre, a retired block layer who explained the process and assured me I could do it myself as a 'one' man operation>many friends and family were involved<. If one has the skill and patience to set and lay to lines, and the strength to handle the tonnage required in small increments, then Masonry is an easy long lasting way to build.
The roof and windows went on in 2000. In those days I was in an artist co-op in NYC know as 'Subculture' and several artists from there drove up and helped roof it over. Dave Schwartz, Rich Rethorn, Rodney Githens, they camped out in the woods that night and cooked a feast over a roaring campfire. City boys in the woods!
 It is a two story building and to make the roofing safe full scaffolding to the roof was made, once again using up the framing material from the old building. It may seem a crime to use up the old wood the way I did as it was lovely old wood, But the decision was made to use 'new' grade stamped wood for the new building to avoid building code issues. Using the old wood for utility saved thousands of dollars and was key in the decision to undertake this project. The price of it was the time it took to clean and stack it. When it was 'used up' it was burned or discarded in 20 yard dumpsters, several of which were required for this project. Some of the old wood eventually made it into the new shop in decorative uses.
In years after a wood stove was added, a few partitions were added. Now the lower level is an office area with stove, and a shop area. Upstairs is art on display as well as stacks of boards that need to be inside to keep at a low moisture level. Part of the upstairs is a work area where I used to paint.  
 The workshop is 17 now and no longer shiny and new.. like any 'barn like' building the mice rule. The outside is overgrown. Carving and wood working means there is always a layer of sawdust, when I'm not doing art and am involved in building as I've been for a while now it gets so full of tools and stuff you can't walk through the place. It is not a 'tight' building, there is no running water.. yet it was the first building I designed and made by hand and it is still serving it's purpose well. People who come in are struck by the unusual design of the roof and supporting timbers.
  Enough about that, if anyone is 'in the area' on those days I'd welcome a visit. If anyone is curious about the tools and materials I use this is a good chance to see what I'm doing. I'll have simple refreshments and at least part of the place will be warm! Bathroom facilities are the woods out back but now that we have a house up the hill, bathroom facilities are available to visitors.
  • Listening to: fridge noises
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: coffee
It's hard to believe how long it has been since writing the last Journal entry. 
I've thought of my old friend Dave Moore a hundred times since that last entry.  
My humble workshop/studio located at:

470 West Thompson RD
Thompson CT 06277
860 985 2998

will be part of an open studios tour on:
November 25, 26, and 27th, and
December 2, and 3rd.
 This open studio event started out as community outreach and covers Artist's and Craftspersons' studios throughout Northeast CT. Eateries and local business help sponsor the event and certain venues are set up for gift sales.
 I'll have my place, which is normally a disorganized death trap,
organized, swept, and with art and craft objects on display. I'll have carving and box making projects in progress as demonstrations. A list of artists and studios and a simplified map can be seen online at 'aosct.org'.

 The shop has a story itself.
It was once a large two story cinderblock chicken coop, part of a six coop complex. My wife and I, along with friends, demolished it in the end of 1997 and rebuilt it, on part of the same foundation to avoid zoning issues, as a workshop. It was decrepit, for every pound of wood in the ceiling there was half a pound of animal feces. Being located near the only road frontage I have meant this was the spot to build. Two years before demo day, several pine trees were cut and left to season up on blocks in the woods in 30 foot>ten Meter +/_< lengths. When the cambium layer weakened, the trees were de-barked. A few years later these same trees became a small timber frame erected in the center of the new building. The outer walls are laid up of the same old cinder blocks, carefully cleaned for re-use. Re-cycling of materials was a year long job. The next year the foundation was repaired, new bond beams were cast on the old footings which were rubble stone. In repairing the foundation, the old floor slab had to be undercut, so extensive shoring was made on two sides to preserve the slab and sand below. Old roof sheathing>1 x 8 pine< was sacrificed for that purpose with old rafters used as framing and bracing. Four square footings were dug and cast near the center of the new building for the timber frame. The footings for the old buildings support system didn't work with the new plan so were covered over. Once the foundation was repaired a sand bed was spread over the old slab and a new slab raised up six inches was cast.
The walls went up in 1999, and to save money we laid em up ourselves. Thanks and remembrance to R. Santierre, a retired block layer who explained the process and assured me I could do it myself as a 'one' man operation>many friends and family were involved<. If one has the skill and patience to set and lay to lines, and the strength to handle the tonnage required in small increments, then Masonry is an easy long lasting way to build.
The roof and windows went on in 2000. In those days I was in an artist co-op in NYC know as 'Subculture' and several artists from there drove up and helped roof it over. Dave Schwartz, Rich Rethorn, Rodney Githens, they camped out in the woods that night and cooked a feast over a roaring campfire. City boys in the woods!
 It is a two story building and to make the roofing safe full scaffolding to the roof was made, once again using up the framing material from the old building. It may seem a crime to use up the old wood the way I did as it was lovely old wood, But the decision was made to use 'new' grade stamped wood for the new building to avoid building code issues. Using the old wood for utility saved thousands of dollars and was key in the decision to undertake this project. The price of it was the time it took to clean and stack it. When it was 'used up' it was burned or discarded in 20 yard dumpsters, several of which were required for this project. Some of the old wood eventually made it into the new shop in decorative uses.
In years after a wood stove was added, a few partitions were added. Now the lower level is an office area with stove, and a shop area. Upstairs is art on display as well as stacks of boards that need to be inside to keep at a low moisture level. Part of the upstairs is a work area where I used to paint.  
 The workshop is 17 now and no longer shiny and new.. like any 'barn like' building the mice rule. The outside is overgrown. Carving and wood working means there is always a layer of sawdust, when I'm not doing art and am involved in building as I've been for a while now it gets so full of tools and stuff you can't walk through the place. It is not a 'tight' building, there is no running water.. yet it was the first building I designed and made by hand and it is still serving it's purpose well. People who come in are struck by the unusual design of the roof and supporting timbers.
  Enough about that, if anyone is 'in the area' on those days I'd welcome a visit. If anyone is curious about the tools and materials I use this is a good chance to see what I'm doing. I'll have simple refreshments and at least part of the place will be warm! Bathroom facilities are the woods out back but now that we have a house up the hill, bathroom facilities are available to visitors.
  • Listening to: fridge noises
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: coffee

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Arrik Kim
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United States
I'm a boy who looks like a man... I believe there may be a God...>and there may not be< but you can't find it in a building or in writings, those who say they know, know least of all. Those who look up for answers crush the little ones beneath their feet. Life is a window of opportunity that is closing... I don't think anything lasts forever, a diamond or a persons soul, heaven and hell do exist, but not as other realms, no, they exist right here and now. Hell is getting caught in a lie or watching a loved one die, heaven is harvesting from seed you have sown. I hope when the end comes it is like drifting off, satisfied, after a long days work.

i can be contacted at arrikkim@charter.net

Current Residence: Northeast Connecticut
Favourite genre of music: metal , punk, bluegrass
Operating System: mac OS X
Favourite cartoon character: vampirella
Personal Quote: it is not what you do...it 's how you do it.
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TamWoodroffe Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I am totally in love with your work...your writings...your ways of thinking. I think this is a gallery I'm going to return to again and again. It's a shame you are so far away...I have the idea a night in the pub with you would be both fun and enlightening.

Much love
Tam
xx
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
What a fine compliment!
 I appreciate your interest Tamand agree that the distance is great or we'd have that chat in a pub soon! The way art is, you never win everyone over so when a person of like mind with something to say comes around I'll talk till my lips are blue! I'll be glad to hear your thoughts on future submissions!
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TamWoodroffe Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sure I will leave more comments...I want to spend some time and go through your gallery at leisure (you have a lot of posts).
:)
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017
Great!
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Iroiseorient Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017
Thank you for your visit and :+fav:ing my work!
:):):)
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017
My pleasure!
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victorhartnude Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:! :)
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carvenaked Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017
Glad to!
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lexxii Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Gallery Arrik & Invite to join Global Super Group :star: :iconcutieshots: :star: & :new: Chat Room :star: Members Deviations Auto=Approved :star: Please join soon :star: xoLexxiiCutieShots :star:
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WhollyJeff Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
After making your gingko torso a favorite, I felt compelled to look through your gallery. You do beautiful work, and I can see how you have gained confidence and skill with each successive piece. To me, there is a monumentality inherent in all your work, which led me to wonder if you are familiar with the Shiela na gig, an architectural feature of some churches in Ireland and elsewhere.
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