Look What Mike Has Done!


Our friend and esteemed colleague “ElderMike” carved this graceful image of a Diplodocus, with eggs and a baby. I don’t think Charles R. Knight himself could do a better job of it (he sculpted in clay, not wood).

As someone who couldn’t do a work like this to save his life, I can only enjoy and admire it, and share it with the rest of you. It took Patty several days to figure out how to transfer the picture from e-mail to our blog’s Media page–no small achievement, that.

This really is beautiful, isn’t it? Thank you, Mike!

11 comments on “Look What Mike Has Done!

  1. Amazing. I so admire works such as this. I have no talent along these lines. I have one friend who takes wood and creates gorgeous miniature furniture, and my late husband created fantastic gunstocks, better than any stores had available, but I cannot even imagine what it takes to produce this kind of work.

  2. Thank you, brother Lee, for posting this. Thank you, everyone, for your gracious comments. To answer the question; What did it take for me to create this?

    Well, God-given ability. This is only my second woodcarving.

    It had to be created, first in my mind. After staring at that log for about two hours, and pondering what I should carve, I knew. I didn’t have a wooden mallet (for use with the chisels) nor a workbench. I had to make both. I did have the needed man-made chisels, files, and sandpaper.

    Lastly, it took about six hours a day, for almost nine months.

    A bit of background. I wanted to try my hand at woodcarving, so I asked my father-in-law if he knew where I could get a few small Narra logs (the national tree of the Philippines). The logs he had in mind had been laying on damp ground, exposed to the weather, in the middle of a palm oil plantation for over thirty years. They were literally one-third rotted away. But the wood under the rot was still good! Moreover, the logs were so waterlogged, that each time I cut the wood with a chisel, water oozed out. And when I put it in the sun to dry, water leaked out, which formed a myriad of droplets that gleamed like little diamonds in the sun.

    With the exception of the tree and eggs (which were added later), it is carved from one solid piece. I made the title plaque. But try as I might, I was not able to carve the letters. I found a Filipino woodcarver, who did a wonderful job with the lettering.

    1. Yeah, that’s where a file and lots of sandpaper comes in handy. The hardest part was between and under the legs of the little one. I didn’t have the proper tools, so it took a long long time.

  3. No, that is really not hard, compared to all the work and time you spend each day posting your columns and information and writing your books, reading the comments, and replying. That is something most could never do, nor I. Thank you brother!

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