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    Today is our 23rd wedding anniversary and this is what I am giving to hubby. It is a letter opener carved from Osage Orange (hedgewood) and it took me 8 whole days from start to finish. All hand carved with knives and gouges, rasps and sandpaper.
    I just had to see if I could do it LOL The osage carvings I have done in the past were stick toppers and not too difficult. I'm pretty happy with the way this one turned out.

    (some nudity, no worse than Chip Chats)
    http://people.delphiforums.com/pyrogite/letterop1.jpg
    Let me know what you think!

    Donna
    Indiana USA&&http://pyrogite.tripod.com

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    How sweet you are giving him a self portrait opener I thought about a self portrait carving but it's depressing how large the wood would have to be. :P
    I Cut It Six Times And It's Still Too Short!!!

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    • #3
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      Pyrogite: Very nice job, eight days, I hope he appreciates it.

      Steve

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      • #4
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        Donna --That's BEAUTIFUL!!
        What a piece of work...the human form from such a hard wood.....oh, my goodness.

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        • #5
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          Donna, you've outdone yourself...again. It's gorgeous. I have no doubt how much your husband will cherish it.

          And by the way....Happy Anniversary!!!

          Teri
          "Santas for the Soul" &&Original Carvings by Teri Embrey&&http://www.teriembrey.com&&[email protected]

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            Very nice carving. I make bows from osage orange and tried to carve it one time. Never again! Again,very nice carving.
            Take care,&&Butch &&&&I know there's a carving somewhere in all that extra wood!

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              Thanks everybody!
              I don't know why, but I really enjoy carving the harder woods, maybe it is because they have such a nice sheen to them after they are sanded up good. Hubby loved this one! Of course, I can't imagine that he would tell me if he didn't LOL He is out showing it off to his friends today.

              Donna
              Indiana USA&&http://pyrogite.tripod.com

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                • #9
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                  Doona,
                  You letter opener looks fantastic! I have not carved in Osage Orange but have made long bows out of it. Where I live, we have more of that tree than any other. Yes it is one of the hardest woods around. The little saw mill where I had a trunk sawed up ask me NOT to bring any of it back as he smokes one blade on it.
                  Any way, your carving are great.

                  Kenny S
                  Safety first, then enjoy carving! Ken Caney, Ks

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