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ID:	836194Here is a couple of photos of a decoration piece I made out of pecan. The base is a slice of a bulge on a limb and the mushrooms are band saw cut out of a smaller highly figured limb. No lathe was used in making these mushrooms, itís all carved out with the band saw, then sanded into shape and finished shaping with a carving knife. It is final sanded with 1000 grit and sprayed with clear mat finish. The real life size mushrooms that I sell in several art galleries, have a nice contoured one piece base, cut out with the mushroom. These are one cut, not a base or mushroom top glued on. I hear a lot of comments of how in the heck did they do that!

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  • #2
    How the heck do you do that?? Seriously would love to see some build pics, unless that's a trade secret.

    Very nice.

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    • #3
      great work! I'd like to hear more.
      Loring in Katy, TX USA
      If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
      BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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      • #4
        A really splendid piece! Please tell us more about how you did that.

        That's a very impressive work of art,

        CWS

        Think it Through Before You Do!

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        • #5
          WOW! Great work. Genius!

          Capncarl, I am amazed how your mind's eye translates things into wood. Similar to an artist painting onto canvas a vision in his mind of a seascape, landscape or person. I knew a Japanese man that did similar things and for about 6 months I wondered what he did even though I asked hi,. He kept talking about his woodwork, but something didn't quite add up. One day, I asked his wife what he did. She replied: "He is an art professor at a Jesuit university in Osaka." He could "see" things (in wood) all the way through well before he made them.
          Hank Lee

          Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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          • #6
            I donít think I have havenít mentioned my mushrooms at Sawdust Zone. Iím just now starting to try to get them rolling in several of her art galleries that sell my tables and Tiny Trees. Itís not a trade secret and I would like to share my learnings with the group. They make nice presents..... I hope more customers prove me right by purchasing them. Iíll post some photos of the cut out and finishing soon.

            This is a photo of my ďstandardĒ mushroom. I also make wall hanging mushrooms that have been well accepted also.

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            • #7
              Stunning! Great work.

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              • #8
                Those are cool!

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                • #9
                  Amazing! That takes great talent! I will look forward to see your technique. Wow!
                  "I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in."-Kenny Rogers

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                  • #10
                    Those look grand!
                    just another brick in the wall...

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                    • #11
                      Those are beautiful! I like the first ones better. The bark on the base really sets the mushrooms off nicely.
                      Don, aka Pappy,

                      Wise men talk because they have something to say,
                      Fools because they have to say something.
                      Plato

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the compliments. The rounded piece of wood that I used for the base of the 3 mushrooms arrangement was the side cut from a burl that I salvaged from some Hurricane Michael wood. It was football shaped and size. I quickly found that there wasnít much useful wood there as it practically fell apart with the side that I used being the only salvageable piece. Ironically, this is the only rounded piece of wood that I was able to salvage...... and I was able to salvage quite a bit of wood.

                        Photos of 5 firewood racks of Chinaberry, Red Cedar, Asian Elm, Red Bud, Magnolia, Leyland Cypress, Dogwood, Pecan, Yellow Poplar and more, and none that I can make round arrangement bases out of.

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                        • #13
                          Fantastic stuff!

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                          • #14
                            Still hoping for some "in progress" photos

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                            • #15
                              I will snap photos on the next mushroom I cut.... I promise! Right now I have a dozen trees to cut and finish.
                              capncarl

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