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Old 01-03-2012, 09:46 PM
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Hi all, this is maybe my fourth carving and I decided to experiment with a freehand design. I based it off a picture of an eagle I got on the 'net. I'd like to give it to a friend who's a "birder" (birdwatcher). Do you have any ideas on how to frame it nice - think I should go to an art store and get it framed, and/or carve a border? Also, I'm not sure what to do with the pencil marks around the head and body area. I'm nervous that if I carve them out, they make the bird lose definition. Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:08 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

I think a framing place might be a good idea. As to the pencil marks, I'd suggest removing a bit more of the surrounding area around the head to make it stand out more. The wings have great definition, but the head doesn't (to me, anyway)...

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I think you doing great.I agree with Claude about the head but don't know if the camera isn't picking it up the best. I have problems getting real good pictures.I'm new myself but as far as the pencil marks I would just take some real fine sand paper and lightly sand them off.I think a frame or a border would both look nice and I'd be proud to have it on my wall.
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I use fine (400 ) sand paper, emery board(nail file), or just a white plastic eraser to remove pencil lines, depending on how dark they are. I think you are off to a great start, and would agree with Claude and Tommy to try and get a little more carved detail into the head area. Sometimes using a small "micro" V tool can give you more flexibility in carving fine lines and delicate details for your outlines. Thanks for posting, your doing great!
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Good carving! I'm sure your friend will like it. If you put it in a frame, allow for wood movement (let the carving float in the frame).
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Only this Xmas I saw an eagle for the first time IRL. Amazing bird! I was staring at it a few feet away at a local carnival. I now regret I hadn't my picture taken then...
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Fine looking bird!

Alcohol is good for removing pencil marks from wood. Use either drugstore variety rubbing alcohol, or home center cleaning alcohol. Both work well.

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