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Flower Carving

Here's a carving I did a while back. The flower and leaves are basswood, the base is mahogany. The stems are made from some metal wire soldered together.



Mostly fashioned using a rotary tool along with some knives. Painted with watercolor. The pistils are wire strands with some glue globbed on the ends. Stands about 6" tall.

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Re: Flower Carving

That's beautiful Ken, so delicate.

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Kind of different, eh? It's the only carving I've done with a rotary tool - at least so far.
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Re: Flower Carving

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. . Mostly fashioned using a rotary tool . .
What kind of rotary tool . . Dremel . . Foredom . . ?
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It's a Foredom ... I bought it years ago because the Dremel at the time didn't have the flexible part and holding the motor at the same time as I was working was too difficult. There was another reason I got the Foredom but I can't remember what it was at the time ...
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six inches tall?

I was already impressed, but when I read the actual size I was twiced impressed

very nice

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Thanks Greggo ... it seemed a good size when I was doing it. Too large would have taken too long and smaller really wasn't much of an option due tot he bits I was using.
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Kind of different, eh? It's the only carving I've done with a rotary tool - at least so far.

Your flower is nicely done but I don't like the base.

Many people do flowers, though more usually as part of "habitat" for bird carvings (naturally, flowers are usually included in carvings of hummingbirds).

I also used a Foredom flex-shaft, but only for roughing out. They're too clumsy for doing delicate work. If you are seriously going to get into this, I recommend shelling out for a micromotor handpiece unit like an NSK or Gesswein. They are expensive, but will make things much easier. I believe that Foredom also makes a handpiece now, for considerably less money.

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Thanks musket ... the base was really a block I had lying around so I just used it. The entire thing was mostly an experiment to try out my new Foredom at the time. I honestly don't remember why I bought it now but it wasn't really for carving - I sort of think it was a tool used for building models (wooden ships or model railroading at the time). I wasn't all that enamored of carving after trying a number of projects (both by knife and rotary tool) so I moved on to other things. Every now and then I get the urge to pick up a block of basswood and make some chips ... but the urge tends to make way for other hobbies before I act on it.
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