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Cypress Castle by Fandragon Cypress Castle by Fandragon
The NC State Fair is underway, and here's my submission to this year's Craft Competition. This was a HUGE experiment for me, since I've never tried to carve anything architectural before. It might have been easier if I'd actually come up with a plan first, but I think my method of Start From The Top And Make It Up As You Go made for some nice results.

The castle was carved from a cypress knee, bought for me as a Christmas present by the incomparable :iconllyzabeth:. Cypress knees are interesting to carve. If the wood was any softer it would be like styrofoam. Anyone wanting to give this a try would be advised to use VERY SHARP knives if they don't want to break the wood off in chunks. Also, be careful when sanding; a little too much enthusiasm can turn a wall of carefully carved bricks back into a blank surface. As I found.

Edit: Woot! Third Place ribbon!

Edit the second: now with animation! [link]
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ForestDwellerHouses Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful looking castle, nicely done!
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Fandragon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Thanks!
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ForestDwellerHouses Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much!
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knotcarver Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha, thought you would visit this site. Was just checking some of my friends pieces, saw you saw this.
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:iconforestdwellerhouses:
ForestDwellerHouses Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hope all is well! Hopefully this NEW YEARS will bring us some luck!
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Ash99 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist
That is stunning!!!
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:iconfandragon:
Fandragon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Thank you!
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misducky Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Awesomeness :headbang:
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Vexcel Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That. Is. Just. AMAZING.
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Fandragon Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Thank you!
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hernameisrio Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, that's just INSANE.
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Fandragon Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
It came very close to driving ME insane, but fortunately I made it through with my sanity intact. Mostly.
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jasonmg1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice work!
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Fandragon Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Thank you!
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poet4jesus16 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This literally took my breath away! Fantastic job, the intricacy is amazing!
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Fandragon Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Thanks!
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poet4jesus16 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!!
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Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
That is so so so so seriously cool. I had no idea what you'd be able to carve from it when I got it, but this? Perfect!
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Fandragon Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
I have to hand it to you for finding the most interesting-looking cypress knee for me to carve. I don't think I would have thought of making a castle if it hadn't been shaped JUST so.
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ChainsOfFreedom Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, it looks great :D Very fantasy-ish :D You have some imagination that's for sure :)
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Fandragon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Thanks!
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