Altai Project Logo Carving

I’ve been a supporter of the Altai Project for a while. I think they’ve been doing good stuff for a part of the world very few people know about.

Anyway, when I was looking for a “tweener” project earlier this week to fill the time while waiting for finish to dry on the bench I’m working on, I decided I’d try to carve their logo, since it’s not too complicated.

I think it came out ok, and I like the way the grain worked with the carving. It’s about a ⅜ inch thick 4 inch square piece of birch. Had a #3-30, a #3-6, and a #6-6 out on the bench, plus I started making a new narrow skew, using one of the blanks from the Mountain Woodcarvers clearance store. It’ll end up being a 2mm wide skew or a #2-2, and will help get down into skinny corners. Only had a couple slips, but there’s a little glue holding the sheep’s leg on now after one of the slips.

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Nice carving! I think you did great and I like birch, too. The smooth and shinny feeling is always nice.

No name noobie here

Nice work,  great reproduction. 
Really nice work Dave.  That's a great subject that lets you focus on your lines and lighting without getting lost in a bunch of details.  Good choice and great execution 😎
carving is coming along very nicely GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


Looks good and I like the subject.  Well done


Nice logo carving, Dave!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

looks good dave.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks, gents! And yeah, I think for once I picked a project that’s about right for my existing skill level. This was just about perfect for the amount of time involved, skills required, and just a bit beyond what I could do when I started.

My next may be an attempt to render this photo…

It’s similarly simple, once I eliminate a few things (power lines, buildings), and I’m going to need to figure out how to carve juniper trees, which may be a bit of a challenge. We’ll see.

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Good job, thanks for showing.

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Really nice Dave... carving is a lot of simple strokes that make up a complex finished piece.
Looks great Dave and I agree, the grain really enhances it.

Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

Thanks Tom! Thanks Andy! And the gal who runs The Altai Project thought it was great, too. 

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