Jon Grider [12/14/2012]
Stunning work, you are truly a master. It's refreshing to see work by hand and not a CNC.
Dave Edgerton [12/14/2012]
Joe McDaniel [12/16/2012]
This is beautiful work. Would you be willing to post some more pictures of your shop/tool layout so we can see how you maximize your efficiency for this much hand tool work?
Alexander Grabovetskiy [12/17/2012]
Thank you very much for all comments about my workshop. It is nothing special - it is the same like everybody else. I have two main divisions. One side is all power tools and the another all hand tools. On the power tool side I am "Festoolian" and on the hand tool side I am "Ashley lies-en". I will add pictures of my carving tool wall - it is left of my carving bench.
Chris Hostetler [12/17/2012]
Absolutely incredible. Thanks for sharing. As with all of your work, my CNC is in the corner pouting :)
Dave Sochar [12/18/2012]
Work like this shows how good humans can be. The carving skills are one thing, the design knowledge and then the layout to make it all work, and work so well, are another. This is a great summation of what real woodwork can be.
chris hostetler [12/19/2012]
It is obvious what a talented carver you are. You also deserve the greatest praise for your ability to market. You have great photography and you know how to present your work in a light that is on par with the actual work. The best work deserves the best presentation. Bravo!
I hope the pillows don't cover it. Is it to sit on top of another board?
Alexander Grabovetskiy [12/23/2012]
It is only upper part. It will sit on top of the cushioned part. It will be three cushions below this part, but it will be done by another company. My part was just carving the upper part.
How long did this take to carve?
Alexander Grabovetskiy [12/26/2012]
It took about 2.5 months including design and agreement with customer. The design stage took about two weeks and carving two months.
Mr. 20C [01/13/2013]
Very well done Alex! You are a gifted and talanted craftsman.
Theodore B. Hoeft [01/14/2013]
Amazed! Like hand cut dovetails versus machine cut, this level of woodcarving is refreshingly wonderful to see!
Ed Ciurczak [01/14/2013]
Bravo! I carve professionally on and off for 40 plus years. If the church is paying then carve! You are a pro and your lines are exquisite! I would like to follow your work.
Dick Colman [01/14/2013]
How long did it take to create such a masterpiece? Not counting the many years it took to acquire your superb skill.
Alexander Grabovetskiy [01/14/2013]
Two and a half months full time.
Peter Triestman [01/14/2013]
It takes not only talent, skill, and intelligence to execute these carvings, it requires a classical art education too. There is nowhere to learn these skills in this country. Go to art school in the US, and you won't study the masters, you will do your own thing.
We have a similarly talented woodcarver in our shop, who went to a five year sculpting program in the Ukraine that also does comparable work. Br>
Alex, where did you study and how many years did it take to develop your skills?
It is sad to see, but the main way into the wood "crafting" business in this country is by failing elsewhere in education.
Richard A. Johnson [02/05/2013]
I know you did it but I just cannot believe that someone could do this all by hand. What talent you have!
Jon Andrew [04/16/2013]
Simply beautiful. How long does it take to carve something like that?