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Just a Dark Memory

By knotcarver
A head shot of a LARGE seahorse from a Mesquite root, with a Tiger stone eye. (Oh yea, no stain, this is the natural color after polishing and boiled linseed oil)
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© 2008 - 2021 knotcarver
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acreativeitch's avatar
Really sweet work here. Take a peek in my gallery not anything as extensive as yours but my cane is there.
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knotcarver's avatar
One of my favorites, Does your roots have this dark color?
cranndubh's avatar
the bog pine has a similar colour, but the bog oak is jet black, from a process of reactions with acidic anaerobic conditions over 1000's of years.
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I've featured this image in my journal [link]

Happy New Years! :heart:
Siobhan68's avatar
This is absolutely beautiful!!! The warm colour of the wood... I want to touch its smooth surface!!!
EvanCampbell's avatar
This is beautiful...I had a pet seahorse when I was a kid and I kept it in a little bucket while I was staying on a friends boat. I woke up in the middle of the night and checked the bucket and it was empty...they poured the water out into the sea and I cryed all night long.
knotcarver's avatar
Wow, even the title makes sense for you, eh? Thanks for taking the time to comment. Later, Mike
joshpurple's avatar
Wow! Great, -and the polish looks fantastic! The rest of the unseen work sounds brilliant :D !
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Thanks for stopping by
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You're Welcome, and I'm glad I did! :D
Moon-Willow's avatar
you have a beautiful talent to be able to bring out the "soul" of the peice.... wonderful!
knotcarver's avatar
Thank You very much!
that is really cool. did it take a lot of time? pjay
knotcarver's avatar
When I work on roots, the longest thing to do is clean off the dead, non-carvable wood. Some woods I can use a pressure washer on, but not Mesquite. Just the seahorse root took 20 hours to clean, maybe 5 hours to carve and another 12 to polish and seal. What you don't see in that photo is the rest of the piece, it's mounted on a Live Oak root, with cooper sea weeds, total time 75+ hrs.
can you add a picture of the rest of the piece? would love to see.
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You asked for it.
thanks for sharing. it is so amazing what comes out of the wood. just think if you wouldn't have seen the sea horse in the wood, it might have ended up in a fireplace. that is what my husband is so amazed with the logs he cuts for me. they come out so different. it's like opening a gift each time.
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