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Happy as a cock in the henhouse CARVING

I call this fella’, “Happy as a cock in the henhouse”. He’s got one of those grins- you know what kind I’m talking about. His smile is contagious and so is his attitude. He likes to talk a bit, even to those that don’t wish to listen. Some might even go as far as to call him a wee bit ornery. I’d have to say I agree.

Carved this fella’ in a Hemlock knot. Many of you know what knots are, but many folks don’t. For those of you that don’t know what a knot is……. Knots are formed where a branch of a tree meets the base of a tree. They are very dense and add extra strength to the branch. When the tree finally dies and falls to the ground, everything eventually rots away…. except for the knots- they will rot eventually if left to the bugs long enough, but they are much more resilient than the rest of the tree. These stabile, pitch-filled remains make for an excellent carving medium as each one is unique and full of character.

I like to try and leave the base color of my knots as natural as possible- I love the earthy vibe! For the deep crevices, shallow wrinkles and overall shading, I like to use a dark brown acrylic paint. I dilute the paint to different tones until I get the look I desire :)

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His eyes are …well…just awesome. I’d listen to his stories.

-- -- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

Thanks, Wolf and Rabbit :)

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Wow! impressive.

Thanks foe the lesson on knots. I must admit I did not know the intricacies of a knot.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Wow, you have some amazing modeling skills!

-- -- Michal, http://WoodworkingWeb.com

Thank you, Ian and Michal :)

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*Love it *and and you carved his expression into this knot to perfection .

Klaus

This makes me want to carve some more, just wish there was more variety of trees around here.

-- look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, no it's a big hunk of the bowl I was turning.

Munchy, if there are Pines or Hemlocks anywhere around, the knots are a good “found wood” source :)

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All we got around here is mesquite, scrub oak, cedar, ect. That are easily obtainable other than that I’d have to attack someone’s ornamental :)

-- look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, no it's a big hunk of the bowl I was turning.

Super carving Josh

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