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This is "Survival Mantel."   For this unique piece Jerry has designed an underwater lake scene for our customers in East Texas who are building a large log retirement home on a lake.  The carving will feature large mouth bass and other lake life, along with underwater plants, tree limbs, rocks, etc.  A portion of the mantel shelf above the carved face will be cut away to add the dimension of viewing the surface of the water from above.  Frogs, turtles, and plant life will break the surface of the water.  Carved returns will be seen as part of the overall underwater scene.  Hi Doug and Sandy!


 

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DESIGN SKETCH 12/19/05: JERRY AT WORK

Jerry is hard at work on the design.

DESIGN SKETCH 12/19/05: JERRY

Jerry at work.

DESIGN SKETCH 12/20/05: SKETCH AND ELEVATION

This is a preliminary sketch of the design.

DESIGN SKETCH 12/20/05: SKETCH AND ELEVATION

Another view.

DESIGN SKETCH 12/20/05: SKETCH AND ELEVATION

Another angle.

DESIGN SKETCH 12/20/05: LEFT RETURN AND LEFT SIDE

The left return is sketched in the box on the extreme left.

DESIGN SKETCH 12/20/05: CENTER

This area will be carved 6 inches deep and will also be seen from the top (as the surface of the water).

DESIGN SKETCH 12/20/05: RIGHT SIDE AND RIGHT RETURN

The right return is sketched in the box on the extreme right.

FULL SCALE DESIGN 01/24/06: LEFT RETURN - LEFT END

Starting at the left return, with a 3" carving depth, wrapping around to the face of the mantel...

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...and moving to the right...

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...for 24 inches...

FULL SCALE DESIGN 01/24/06: CENTER LEFT

...the carving at this point gradually gets deeper, reaching a six inch depth...

FULL SCALE DESIGN 01/24/06: CENTER

...extending for 24" across the center...

FULL SCALE DESIGN 01/24/06: CENTER RIGHT

...then sweeps back out to the 3" depth...

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...which continues for 24 inches...

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...to the right end...

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...and into the return.