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Abstract carving of a block of cocobolo burl wood, with a section of the sapwood. Four and three-eights inches high. All four sides are shown, set at angles, and with one scan repeated at both ends, to show the way the carving design transitions around the edges. Many of the holes connect with each other inside the block. A set of flat-on views is here: donsimpson.deviantart.com/art/...

The intense, variegated red is the natural color of the wood at the heart of the tree; the sapwood (the layer just under the bark) is shades of brown, and there is a void in it at the upper edge of the block where the bark was removed. I left the void area uncarved, as it has a nice, subtle texture.

UPDATE: The description has been re-written due to discussion in the comments, and on-line research, about the wood used.

UPDATE: This piece has been featured on Propnomicon, a Lovecraft mythos prop blog, on October 21, 2011 propnomicon.blogspot.com/2011/...
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:iconsaturian78:
Saturian78 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
Owwwww shiiiiit O.O ow my GOD!
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Dredonius Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of both Henry Moore and Uzumaki, and I like both! Really nice work!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
:)
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SerenoMeng Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
HOw much is it?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I am answering this in my reply to your note. :)
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Sevour Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Don, I love all of your works! ♥
I always liked bones/skulls/wood, just natural stuff :)

I wish I could make such carvings too, they look so mystical.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
I'm delighted that you like my work. :)

You can learn carving. And if you like the mystical, it will show in your work.
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HundredHands Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Mind blowing. You have a true gift for improving upon the natural beauty of the materials you use.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Thank you. :) I do feel that the work and the material should cooperate.
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Geolyn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
crazy design-- love the way it flows together.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Thank you. :)
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robobobot Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
I wish I had the skill to do what you do. Wonderful!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Thank you. :) Ah, the skills I wish I had....
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DSil Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome! You get such lively, flowing contours. Best use of a burl I've seen!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Thank you. :) Burl wood is usually made into simple shapes to show off the grain, so I've done something weird here.
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Getaro Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I just read you used bees wax as a finish, nice! Heard of that too!
This is incredible looking...
What would you say is easier? Carving bone/horn or carving wood?

And where to get a nice piece of wood to carve?

Regards; a big fan of yours
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
There are a lot of different kinds of wood, some are amazingly hard. I have good power tools, so there's not a lot of difference in the physical effort needed for wood, bone, or horn, or the relatively softer kinds of stone (and stones, of course, have an even greater range of hardness than kinds of wood). I'd recommend wood. I don't have a standard source of wood. I'm working mostly with garage sale finds and stuff found in the woods and pieces people give me. There is a store not too far from me that has occasional trims of tropical hardwoods sold by the pound, and I've gotten a few wood scraps there.
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Getaro Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay, thank you very much!
Well I asked about the difference between wood and bone, because I thought bone would sliver (/split) easier then wood.
And to have that kind of a source for wood is lucky!
Well I have a forest nearby but I didn't thought about going there and take something that is lying around there...
Because I thought those pieces would be too brittle to carve them.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
In my experience, which is limited, bone is indeed a bit more brittle than wood, just as stone is; and if bone gets old and dried out, it can sometimes be a lot more brittle. Dead wood left out in nature may be damaged by harsh weather or attacked by insects or bacteria, and wood kept in better conditions can still split if dries out unevenly. I've gotten a feel for the materials I use, by working with them a lot; it's not perfect, but it's pretty good; and it's about all I have in the way of knowledge. I'm sorry I don't have better advice for you.
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Getaro Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh you don't have to feel sorry at all!
Thank you very much for everything, alas; I learned a tiny bit more about carving various materials.
It's one of the many things I do and I wont learn faster if I wont concentrate on it.
But your tips and advice helps!
Thank you for that!
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Fully-Completely92 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Looks like carving a piece like this could have a calming effect, letting it go where it flows.:)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Yes, it has that effect. One of my favorite things about art. :)
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Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Your title has affected me overmuch- I actually want to set this on fire now...
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Please don't. Maybe you could simulate that with Photoshop. :)
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Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Le Gasp, could I really? Because that'd be super great!

I'll credit and link back to you of course, but is there anything else you'd like me to do- any stipulations you have for using your work?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Well, you've got permission, and you're going to give credit, and I assume you'll let me know if you publish it somewhere I won't see it automatically. Maybe you could send me a copy of the Photoshop file, with all the layers and such. This is _not_ a requirement for permission, just a request prompted by my curiosity, and I wouldn't do anything with a file containing your work without your permission.
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Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Wonderful!

My plan is to animate it...hopefully all my skills haven't gone completely to pot after highschool. Lucky for me some of the school computers have photoshop and such installed...that's what my tuition goes for after all.

I want to try and get it done by the end of the month- before the full time school rush.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Mmmmm. Excellent. :)
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Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
It will be. :nod:

Thanks again!
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Zalin Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Master Simpson, your work never ceases to amaze me : )
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
I'm delighted to hear that. :)
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Sevour Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow, creative! 8D
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
:)
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KubusRubus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very nice, like a mix of padauk and cocobolo :XD:
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
On seeing this comment I did some reading about cocobolo and looked at the image search results, and this might indeed be cocobolo. I'm familiar with some of the ebonies, and with padauk and purpleheart, and some of the less exotic woods, like walnut and olive, but I do most of my carving on found wood pieces, and have never properly studied the subject.
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KubusRubus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cocobolo will have a very distinct sharp odor when cut, bright orange dust, and usually an almost oily surface which is best glued with epoxy.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Odor, yes, one I think of as somewhat cinnamony. And bright orange dust which is very clingy, as though slightly damp, therefore perhaps oily. I've never tried to glue it, and this may be the only piece I have.
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KubusRubus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Definitely cocobolo (or some ebony I've never heard of). My favorite wood, after cherry and boxwood.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Cocobolo then.

I haven't tried cherry or boxwood, though I've at least heard of them.
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Delashael Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is amazing. Did you use any kind of finish for the wood?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
My usual beeswax blend, which brings out the natural color.
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Delashael Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Interesting. I've been searching for a good finish for my projects I've been working on {walking staves, wands, other woden projects.} But haven't really setlled down on anything yet.

Probably be trying tung oil next.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
I'd like to know how the tung oil finish turns out.
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Uratz-Studios Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like it.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Thank you. :)
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Oomi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
These are simply amazing. So mystical looking.
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WindsweptHells Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
I really love this piece too, the swirling details you've done are amazing and mesh so well with the wood.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Thank you. :)
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ZawArt Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Damn! Amazing one!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Thank you. :)
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