Full Circle

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Full Circle

Horses are a recurring favorite subject for me in carving, sketching, photography, etc.  I’m not sure what the inspiration for this piece was other than the fact that I had a round circle of pine to start with. To begin, I thought about a subject (maybe a horse) relief-carved into the center of the piece with some type of border. What would the border look like? Horses? No, that would be too busy and clash with the central figure. Eventually, after obsessing on the border for a while, the only solution seemed to be simple. Carve the border, and forget about the central theme. Bingo.

Woodcarving in pine, stained. Approximately 24″ in diameter and 1.25″ thick.

Available for $189.00 plus shipping (free delivery in So. Calif)

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Historic Inspiration

This project was inspired by something I saw on a trip to Boston a few years ago to visit my daughter at grad school. My wife and I toured Old Ironsides, The USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard.  A beautiful, rugged old sea chest sitting on the gun deck caught my woodworker’s eye. I knew right away I wanted to do my own take on it.

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The project inspiration on board the USS Constitution

This chest would involve some woodworking skills that would challenge my abilities and stretch the envelope of my skill set (one of the main reasons I select any project). Of course, I knew carving would be a featured focus of this work, and only a nautical subject would do.

I took some design liberties with my version while trying to stay true to the spirit of the original. The Old Ironsides chest sat on a warship, but I decided a whaling theme would work (specifically, a sperm whale). This chest is not an exact copy, but rather an homage.

Please peruse the following images and leave a comment if you like.

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Media; Wood (knotty spruce), approximately 24″x48″x20″

$675.00 plus shipping. Free delivery to most of So. California. Contact me for charges to ship elsewhere in the United States.

Matt.potter.carves@gmail.com

Bison

I’m calling it. This piece is finished. After going in a couple of different directions, I finally settled on a monotone look for the carved area. I then used rusty hardware to hang it from an “aged” walnut beam I made for it.
“Bison” is for sale, $499.00.

Media; Maple slab, carved and painted in artist’s oils. Approximately 72 inches wide, 30 inches tall.

A Passion for portals

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A front door should make a statement and I don’t care what kind of statement as long as it isn’t boring. For me, at my house, I wanted to showcase my love of carving animals. I have always enjoyed carving horses, and since I am from “Horse Town USA” (also known as Norco, California), this Clydesdale was the perfect choice for our front door. I designed, built, and carved this one-of-a-kind American cherry door. I can create a special door for you as well.

Price will be quoted based on scope of project, complexity of design, type of material, and expected level of carving difficulty. I can work with you on a door design using your inspiration, or mine.

matt.potter.carves@gmail.com

Walruses

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This piece is from about five years ago. After seeing some of these awesome beasts in a wildlife documentary, I was intrigued by of all things, their wrinkles. I wondered how to translate them into a relief carving. So I tried and this is the result.

Medium; Carved wood (repurposed wood, possibly ash). Approx. 20″ long, 8″ high, and 1″ thick.

$225.00.

Contact me to purchase and for shipping quotes to outside of So. Calif. (Free delivery in So. Calif.).

Matt.Potter.Carves@gmail.com

On The Rocks

This piece is from several years ago that was inspired by a cougar siting I had in the hills near my home. The siting was only one cat, but sometimes I tend to exaggerate a little.

Medium: Wood carving in solid pine, then covered in artist’s oils. Approx. 20″ inches X 10″ X 8″ thick.

$375 plus shipping.

Contact me to purchase and for shipping quotes to outside of So. Calif. (Free delivery in So. Calif.).

Matt.Potter.Carves@gmail.com