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Dead Diver by STUMPITUPWoodworks Dead Diver by STUMPITUPWoodworks
We are a family of scuba divers, so when I saw this I fell in love with it immediately and knew I had to burn it. Normally my work time is filled with commissions, so I rarely get to do freelance pieces, and most of those I sell, but this one is going to hang on my wall. This is one I've been looking forward to for a very long time!

The original can be found here: daver2002ua.deviantart.com/art… ~Daver2002ua is an *amazing* artist and I really enjoy his work!
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Eskarine Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
This is perfect!
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STUMPITUPWoodworks Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:)  Thanks!!!
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piroTgraph23 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesomnesss on meny levels! :)
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STUMPITUPWoodworks Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LOL!  Thank you! :D
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piroTgraph23 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
AWESOME Angie! Love it!
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STUMPITUPWoodworks Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much Erik!
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
You're welcome! :)
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013   General Artist
Absolutely love this :D Love the "Distressed edges" look, it really works well. What a great idea. The detail and sahding are fantastic as always, and love the light reflection on the glasses. Excellent :clap:
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STUMPITUPWoodworks Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
<3
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nahdee Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
FUNKY, HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO BURN 'DIVER', JUST CURIOUS? FROM CANADA WITH LOVE, VERY INTERESTING. WHAT KIND OF WOOD DID YOU BURN HERE?
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STUMPITUPWoodworks Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi Nahdee, I was watching Netflix while I burned, so I can't give an exact time, but it was anywhere from 30-40 hours.  The wood is basswood.

From Nevada, With Love ;)
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nahdee Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS FOR THE REPLY, I HAVE NOT USED BASSWOOD YET; IS IT EASY TO WORK WITH?  DOES IT BURN EASILY, I'M USING PINE FOR NOW.WHAT KIND/COST BURNER DO YOU USE, I USE
THE $ 24.95 MODEL MYSELF, HAVE A NICE DAY FROM CANADA!
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STUMPITUPWoodworks Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Funny you should mention that $24.95 model - that's what I learned on and still use today!  Someday I would like to purchase a "real" burner, but I'm happy with my cheapie for now! :)

Oh yes, if you can get your hands on some basswood, you'll never go back to pine!!!  Basswood is soft and smooth, not like pine which is soft, but with hard grains and lots of sap!  I will burn on pine, only if a client requests it, but I usually encourage them to choose basswood.  Do you have any craft stores nearby?  I get my basswood one of two places - in-store at Michael's or online directly from Walnut Hollow.  I've also burned on Poplar, Walnut and Apple.

Love the questions and am happy to help :)

Take Care from Nevada
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nahdee Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS FOR THE REPLY, I THINK IT'S ABOUT TIME I DO A 30-40 HOUR PIECE; I AM CURRENTLY WORKING ON A FIVE BY THREE AND A HALF FOOT LONG TABLETOP, HOW SHOULD I PRICE THIS?  IT LOOKS QUITE FUNKY AND I AM ONLY HALF FINISHED? ANY ADVICE WOULD BE MOST WELCOMED.  THANKS AGAIN.
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STUMPITUPWoodworks Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You must decide how much your time and material is worth.  That is not something I can tell you.

I don't choose my pieces by the time it will take me, I choose an image that suits my fancy then go for it. 

How long have you been doing pyrography?  How did you come about getting into it?  Just curious.

(Also, not sure if you are aware, but when you type in all caps, it means you are yelling.)
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nahdee Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THE MATERIAL WAS FREE, I GOT IT ON THE SIDEWALK ON GARBAGE DAY.  MY TIME IS QUITE PRICELESS, LOL.  I JUST STARTED BURNING THE TABLETOP AND IT 'TOOK OFF' FROM THERE.  I HAVE BEEN BURNING FOR ABOUT 16 MONTHS NOW, I HAVE DABBLED IN ART SINCE I WAS A YOUNGSTER. WENT TO ART SCHOOL 'BACK IN THE DAY', NEVER FINISHED THE SCHOOLING PART.  AS FOR THE CAPITAL LETTERS, I CAN SEE THE LETTERS EASIER, I ONLY USE GLASSES WHEN I READ OR AM ON THE COMPUTER.  THE TABLETOP IS VERY 'COOL' LOOKING; MOSTLY ANIMALS 'INTERTWINED' WITH EACH OTHER.  I FEEL THAT I NOW NEED TO TRY THIS TO SEE HOW FAR I CAN REALLY GO.  I DON'T BURN EVERYDAY, MOSTLY IN THE FALL, WINTER AND SPRING.  SUMMER IS LEFT FOR DOING OTHER THINGS.  I HAVE PROBABLY PUT IN 60 HOURS SO FAR, I FIGURE IT WILL TAKE ME 120 MORE HOURS TO FINISH IT.   I'VE BEEN TO VEGAS A WHILE BACK, IT WAS GREAT.  I DIDN'T MEAN TO 'YELL', LOL.  SEE YA ON DEVIANTART, SELLING ART IS NOT AS EASY AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.  I HAVE SOLD ABOUT 30 PIECES (NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN THEMES), GEESE, DUCKS ETC.  MOSTLY 4' X 3" X 1/2", I GUESS I NEED TO EXPAND MY HORIZONS AND EXPERTISE LEVEL IN MORE 30-40 HOUR PIECES LIKE YOU DO.  I THINK I'LL LEAVE THE 'FACES' FOR OTHERS TO DO, ALTHOUGH THEY DO LOOK VERY GOOD WHEN DONE RIGHT.  THANKS AGAIN FOR THE ADVICE, IT'S BEEN HELPFUL.
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STUMPITUPWoodworks Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Free is good! :)

I understand about seeing the caps better, will be turning 43 this year, and my eye sight continues to deteriorate!  I understand now, and do not see it as yelling :)

No, selling art is not easy.  What some consider art, others do not; or they do not appreciate the time that went into each piece.  This is something I run into quite often, unfortunately. 

I will tell you what I tell my daughter... the only way you can get good at something is to spend time doing it.  Practice your techniques, do pieces which challenge your skill level - this is how you become a better you.  Something I had to learn (and am still learning) is that while I salivate over the work of pyrographers like Julie Bender, my art will never look like hers.  I have my own style, just as you have your own style.  What we need to do as an artist is perfect our style.  Does that make sense?

So keep burning my friend!  I look forward to seeing this table of yours :)
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