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Doug Bernhardt
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a project or 2

Post by Doug Bernhardt » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:34 pm

Just needed to add how much I'm enjoying reading all the posts here as well. Summer is such a busy time for us all and it's difficult to find time for everything that needs attending everyday. I do stop in here at least 4 or 5 times a week and admire the work and interest of everyone. Just finished a large job which has kept me busy since the beginning of June and although not installed yet thought it might be worth sharing.

the rosette is a small part of a similar and in fact part of the same group as Peter Devine's which was from last summer. I just got the "portfolio" shot a few weeks ago.
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Pat Welter
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Re: a project or 2

Post by Pat Welter » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:56 pm

Doug, this is fantastic work, absolutley fantastic...
Is the rosette carved in maple? I, just love the look of hand done work with the tool marks, It just shows love and passion for what you are doing, thanks for sharing...Pat.
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Re: a project or 2

Post by DAVE SMITH » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:53 am

Wow! Doug you pulled it off again mate. Astonishing workmanship! I think all those trips to England photographing old pubs have certainly paid off with your style.
If you were around 100 years ago over here I bet your name would be on every pub sign, this is as good as it gets..... The Queen of England would of made you a (Sir) by now if you were a Brit.
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Re: a project or 2

Post by Ron Berlier » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:57 am

Sir Doug, truly amazing work :!: As I have said before your carving skills are astonishing. Thank you so much for sharing these photos with all of us wannabee carvers.

You are, as one of Noel's glass pieces from years ago said, an "Executive Craftsman" in the truest sense.

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Re: a project or 2

Post by Mike Jackson » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:57 pm

Not just the carving skills...you are doing a killer job on the woodworking! Always impressed!

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Re: a project or 2

Post by Doug Bernhardt » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:54 pm

Thanx Guys....just trying to be a signpainter. Davey....when the Queen visited here this summer she brought this up with me. I suggested Sir Reginald but Betty said that name was taken...so she's thinking about Sir Jeremy Plodsnot. I'll just have to wait I think. Pat....this is all mahogany as it's an excellent outdoor wood and carves like a dream. The harder the wood the more detail you can get but maple I'm guessing would be all but impossible on something that size. It's about 30ft. Have been having a great time with the wood working parts as Mike suggests.....in fact it is becoming my favourite part of every job. I'm not a real carver as in figures and faces etc....just attached to all the architectural things.

Here's a couple more from same Devine's
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Re: a project or 2

Post by Raymond Chapman » Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:19 am

For an old guy you do really good work. :)

You are simply amazing. A true artist and craftsman in the highest degree. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Re: a project or 2

Post by Jeff Lang » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:26 pm

Doug,
Your sharings never cease to amaze!
Thanks for the shots, I'll study them some more...
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Re: a project or 2

Post by joe cieslowski » Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:11 am

Doug,

As always, the varity of skills that you exhibit are amazing.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us.

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Re: a project or 2

Post by bob gamache » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:25 am

Awesome awsome job Doug! Whats the weight on that puppy?
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Re: a project or 2

Post by Doug Bernhardt » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:17 pm

Thanx for all the kind words guys....what can I say...is still fun to go to work everyday when you have something like this to challenge you. Bob....me thinks this here puppy will weigh in at about 500LBS. I've just been using "mandralics" to move the sections around the shop. Used to have the weight of some of these woods written down per board foot...made that calculation easy. So sorry....that's as close as I can guess.

A couple more from the snug pub
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Re: a project or 2

Post by Ron Berlier » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:09 pm

How about "Sir Claude Mitzelpick", I believe that one is still available. :mrgreen:
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Re: a project or 2

Post by Tony Segale » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:49 pm

you always was the best hand carving gilder I've ever met,
and you remain true to form!

excellent craftsmanship, maestro.
and he took that golden hair and made a sweater for baby bear.
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Re: a project or 2

Post by Pat Welter » Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:14 pm

Doug, the missing buttons, is that where you will be running install screws in, then buttoning up?...Love the rich colour and your style is second to none...Pat
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Re: a project or 2

Post by Doug Bernhardt » Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:32 pm

Okay you bunch of Tossers...(like my English english?) I thought a few things which no-one has mentioned would be the most interesting...and as our gracious host Jackson has mentioned, they are are a couple of the greatest tricks I've learned in woodworking. So Mike's answers don't count as he already knows them...and Baronian(clever bugger). No prize other than being right, which is pretty good huh?...(although I'll work on something in the meantime). 1/ How did I get the body (round part) of the harp cut in half and to fit like that ? and 2/ how were those mouldings done? There are 3 sections of it mind you as photo's clearly show.

More photos to follow with the solutions to these puzzles. I am guessing that someone will have an answer a few hours from now...as far as woodworking it's pretty basic stuff but to me...when I discovered them, it was pretty huge.

Pat...you hit it right on...the empty holes are pre-drilled, waiting for screws and I have a few dozen buttons finished and waiting for final install. As I write all this, it is on my mind how to do away with easy fixes and "hides" like these. You can see the same wood buttons on the Devine's job as well....Drat!
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Re: a project or 2

Post by Doug Bernhardt » Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:37 pm

oh I should add....that from now on...It's official...I'm called Sir Nigel (pronounced Sur Nijo) thanx to Ron, Lizzy took the suggestion as Smitty forwarded her this link and she got on with it all..."pronounced Awwl"

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Re: a project or 2

Post by Danny Baronian » Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:09 am

Well, you don't need me to tell you what I think of your work. You already know..

Does descriptions on splitting the turning exclude me too? If you saw the piece in person, not turning on the lathe as pictured, it would be a dead give away for anyone that's done any lathe work. Kinda like looking at a piece of heavy timber that because of it's shape or size, you'd never know how it was clamped together unless you know the marks of pinch dogs.

For me, the hardest part, aside from the carving and design, is to cut the large moldings to the right angle and length without any gaps at all. Cut a part undersized and you do it again. Or do you have a good supply of sawdust, glue and wood filler.

You're fortunate to live in an area to peddle your particular talent. We've all heard 'you can do/sell that anywhere'. I'd have to disagree for the work you're known for. I can't think of one place in the US I've ever seen such exquisite wood work / carving, let alone enough work to support a shop with your talent. A lot like Smitty.

And if there is a place in the US with a facade like those pictured, you probably made it and shipped it down, right?!

Yep, I do admire your work, eh!

BTW: Who/how is installation handled? I assume the general does that, right? Not something I'd want to tackle.
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Re: a project or 2

Post by Jerry Berg » Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:13 pm

Beautiful Doug! I can see you truly enjoy your work.
Your work stands alone.

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Re: a project or 2

Post by cam bortz » Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:49 am

Doug, your craftsmanship is stunning. We're not worthy! Danny made the point about no place in the US that would be willing to pay for this calibre of work; of that I'm not so sure - but one thing I've seen, more often, is an unwillingness or indifference to maintain it. I long ago stopped selling carved and varnished mahogany because clients couldn't be bothered to keep up with regular maintenance, and it broke my heart to see nice work go to the dogs without it.

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