Life Size Newfoundland

Aaron Booker
Aaron Booker

February 12th, 2013, 3:27 am #1

Carved this for a customer in CA. This is my second life size Newfie, have also carved two pups.





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Joined: January 9th, 2007, 11:20 am

February 12th, 2013, 7:40 am #2

beautyful very realistic.
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Bill e
Bill e

February 12th, 2013, 11:17 am #3

Fine looking head, neck/shoulders pretty good.

Some friendly observes.
You are working within the confines of the log chosen for your project.

What is happening you are losing the natural slope of the backbone. With the base diameter restricted so becomes the look of the back haunches. They are "pushed" forward, into a near impossible pose.

Without sufficient room to angle and lengthen the back slope, extend the forelegs forward a bit and have the back end extend out, the bottom half of the dog becomes compressed.

Time and care is evident in detail, sanding and finishes. You strive for a quality, clean, presentation...it shows.

Suggestion for the next large one. Use two log chunks, and add more pieces if needed.

Not sure of your initial approach, what studies you use, photos etc. .
From them look at the sitting back inclines, angles vary. Eye it up, measure it if need be, walk over to the back of neck and using a visual aid, string, long stick, follow the lay of the slope to the tail on the ground.
The gap you see is what would be needed to be filled.

Certainly more time; planning, cutting, fitting, gluing, clamping, ... all that may not justify the end price. Solution, raise the cost of your project before starting.
Example. A 750 buck dog now is $1000. Or whatever that added time is worth to you and the customer.


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Joined: November 6th, 2012, 11:57 pm

February 12th, 2013, 12:55 pm #4

beautyful very realistic.
Fine looking dog, a piece to be proud of.
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Joined: January 1st, 2004, 5:04 pm

February 12th, 2013, 1:44 pm #5

Well THAT made me do a "whoa HO". It's beautiful, Aaron
Great job on getting that baby out of a log.

Your dogs have a gentle aura about them. Incredibly pleasing.
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Jared Mahoney
Jared Mahoney

February 12th, 2013, 1:47 pm #6

Fine looking dog, a piece to be proud of.
Great job on the Newfie.
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Ron Kane
Ron Kane

February 12th, 2013, 5:06 pm #7

Carved this for a customer in CA. This is my second life size Newfie, have also carved two pups.





Awsome as always Aaron. Very life like.
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Thomas Bland
Thomas Bland

February 12th, 2013, 6:13 pm #8


For those that have never seen Aarons work in person, I can tell you that pictures do not do it justice.

This guys work is off the scale Great !!

He will be at Ridgway this year.

Aaron is a super nice guy with a wonderful family.
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Cassie
Cassie

February 13th, 2013, 6:24 am #9

Carved this for a customer in CA. This is my second life size Newfie, have also carved two pups.





Nice Aaron! I did one last year and I am happy with it, but I think you nailed it better than me, nice job!
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Schaef
Schaef

February 13th, 2013, 2:33 pm #10

Carved this for a customer in CA. This is my second life size Newfie, have also carved two pups.





Great emotive power, ya just want to hug the big guy!
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Joined: December 17th, 2007, 1:43 am

February 13th, 2013, 2:37 pm #11

Wow. Your customer is going to love that


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February 14th, 2013, 4:42 am #12

Great job
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Joined: April 17th, 2018, 9:05 pm

April 17th, 2018, 9:06 pm #13

Carved this for a customer in CA. This is my second life size Newfie, have also carved two pups.





Do you still carve the life size newfies? If so, how much?
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