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

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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

 

Neverending Story

This Bison project seems to have become a never ending story. Of course, I do keep putting it aside to work on other things. I really need to finish this as it is taking up a lot of room. When finished, it will hang from a hand hewn beam on the wall, but for now it occupies a six foot long swath of valuable studio/shop space.

I decided that in addition to carving this scene in relief, I would revisit an old passion of mine, oil painting, and paint over the carving. You can see part of that process here. Before I am finished, I think I will white out the painting a bit to give the appearance seeing the bison through a mist or fog.

 

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