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Old 03-01-2009, 03:36 PM
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I have seen several threads in the past few months regarding the qualities of aspen. I just finished this piece a few weeks ago and the gold, orange, pale yellow, and slate gray figuring that has developed in the wood is so remarkable that I thought I should share it. This is big tooth aspen that I harvested in April of 2007. The first pic will give you an idea of the size of the stock. It's been dried indoors with sealed ends since that time. If you look closely at the third picture you will see that in addition to the other figure some spalt lines have begun to develop.
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That is really cool, nice work. Love the spalting in the piece!


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Nice carving. It looks like he's actually peering out of the wood. Never had the opportunity to try aspen.
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I just finished a Walking Stick using Aspen. It carves nice and seems to hold detail good. Mine was White, It doesn't Stain well so I used a Acrylic Wash to get the color that I wanted. I don't know what kind of Aspen it is, but I like it to carve. Nice carving on your piece, like the finish also. Merle
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Allround a very nice piece. The actual carving itself reminds me of some of the ols bronze sculptures of the victorian period. Well done.

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Looks excellent! I may have to save this as a reference for the style you used. Like the eyes, nose, and mouth very much.
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Its a good thing you found and brought that aspen home when you did plus it got totally dry where you could find that neat little Elf in it. Very neat job carving the Elf plus your finish is nice also.
Dont have any aspen here in Tn.Wish we did.

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Hi David,

Great carving. I love his face. And the wood is so beautiful. The Aspen takes a great finish.
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what a great job you did, i really like it alot!!!
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Hi David, thank you for sharing your hard work with us--that's a lot of sawing.
I visited your web site and enjoyed looking at all the sticks you have created.
I enjoy carving aspen and seeing all the different colors within the wood. I've been working on an Indian women half figure for almost a year now. It's lovely wood to carve and has so much character.

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