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The Discovery of Knots

Cedar wood is known for its knots. A knot is simply the base of a branch. The wood fibers grow around the knot and can make for very tricky carving.
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Enough De-Barking, Already!

I was laboriously removing the bark, "popping" it off in sections. Then my friend offered a better way and voila...no more bark. Yay!
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Section of cedar log

De-barking

Okay, time to remove the bark. It's not as easy as it sounds -- does it even sound easy? Well I'm here to tell you that it's not!
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Rough cedar log

How “Sula” Began

Check out this beauty of a cedar log, will you? It's roughly four feet long. I didn't want to work with that length so I decided to cut it in half. By hand.
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Left profile of "Oriata" torso

Completion, Eight Years Later

I'm very happy with this piece now. Lorrie Goulet helped me through some rough patches, that's for sure! I look forward to carving Carrara marble again.
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"Oriata" Carrara torso in progress

Off With Her Head!

I had to take off the too-small head. It was painful, but necessary. From then on, I've only used the material to carve pieces directly. No more maquettes.
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