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    Carving Wood Dolls

    I did a little wood carving a few years back using maple wood but I had to stop because of neck and back problems...My wife loves dolls so I decided to start back about a year ago by carving a doll of my granddaughter Tessa...I still have back and neck problems so I have to limit myself to only working about an hour at a time.....So far I seem to be doing okay with that.....Since then I have carved 4 dolls: 4 year old Tessa; A 10 year old girl from Russia that was adopted by a friend of my wife's; Marie Osmond; and Johnny Bench and his locker room cubicle....all done in maple which I find is a very hard wood to carve...But I use maple because I can get it a lot cheaper then Basswood....I also make my own carving tools...A lot of them I make out of old files that I find at garage sales....They work really great and they stay very sharp.....You can also make knives out of sawzall blades......Tessa Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	92859 ; Russian girl Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	92860; Marie Osmond Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	92861; Johnny Bench Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	92862; I carved Johnny's Glove, his shin guards, his faceguard, his chest protector. his shoes, his helmet, and his clothes Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	92863...It's a lot of fun but sometimes I get frustrated because I don't have any training back ground in art or carving...So it's all trial and error with me.....I've tried a couple of relief carvings that turned out okay...and I have dabbled a little bit in burn burning....I love that wood art medium...But I need to get better at that.....steve

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    You may complain of not having any real training, but boy, did you get likeness down! Great carvings. You havev found what works for you and your pocketbook. I suspect you are having fun, so carry one, my friend. Love to see more of your work.

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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Holy cow Steve you are one very talented guy
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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Steve....Welcome to the family. Glad you found us. Your carvings are fantastic!

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    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    Awesome carving! you have your niche! Welcome to the forum.
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    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    All I can say is WOW and Welcome to the Family Steve
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    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Dang, frustrated you may be but your also quite good in my opinion. The body work is really quite good, excellent proportions and shape!

    One thing I've found that helps with the back and neck issues is improved work holding setups. My setup is still pretty suboptimal, but every time I make it better it's less painful as well.

    Would love to see some of your tooling as well

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Great-looking work, Steve. Welcome to the forum!
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    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Welcome to our Family, Steve!

    You have an amazing talent!!! Beautiful work!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
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    Jul 2015
    Tahlequah, OK
    Beautiful work!!!

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