Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Give away- A chip-carved foot warmer


I haven't been a very good blogger of late, it's been a strange summer! Because I've been away so long, and to thank my followers for hanging in there I am holding my very first give-away. It is open to my 123 followers, if you are interested in entering the give-away, please leave me a comment. I will use the random number generator in one week-August 8th.

 I first discovered chip-carving in 1978. Since then I enjoy making full size items  but really love doing chip-carving in miniature!


Foot warmers were a common household item up to the Victorian era. The drawer held the metal container of hot coals, and people would rest their feet on top. Sometimes the container held boiling water. And I think this one did both, judging from the rust and soot inside!

The bottom

There is a handle because they were hung up when not in use which explains why the bottom is as elaborately
carved as the sides.

The top



The pierced top allows the heat out.





























53 comments:

  1. Huge applause from Seattle! Fantastic work and I know exactly how hard it is to do perfect chip carving at that scale because I have tried it.

    Please sign me up for the giveaway, my feet get very cold in the rainy winters here. Just looking at it will warm me up.

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  2. me encantaría participar, voy a subir el enlace a la barra lateral de mi blog

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  3. Oh, Linda, the foot warmer is just fantastic and having tried carving, I know what a lot of work it is, I saw your fellowship pieces in Castine and they were just awesome to see for real. My mini people would love to warm their feet on your lovely foot warmer.

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  4. I admire your craftwomanship! Please count me in on your generous giveaway. Greetings from Holland

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  5. Really amazing work as always. I would love to know what tools you do to make something this fine. Please include me in the giveaway. Would love to win something of this quality. Xx

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  6. Oh my, what a beautiful and generous give-away, Linda! As I have never won anything in a give-away I know this time I'm lucky ... lol.
    Christine

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  7. I would love to be entered, this is a beautiful piece!!
    littlebearries@yahoo.com
    http://majokkoshop.blogspot.com

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  8. Me gustaría muchísimo participar, gracias, un abrazo Ana (mucuy) acamarah.50@gmail.com

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  9. What a unique and beautiful piece. I don't think I have ever seen one in miniature before. I can't imagine the patience (and skill) it takes to chip carve in this scale.

    I hope you are going to add these to all the new pieces you are planing to make for sale. I think I read about that in an in a earlier post. If this is a "sneak peek" I can't wait to see what else is coming.

    Please count me in!!!

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    1. Hi Catherine! Yes I am going to introduce a new line of carved European antiques. I intend to make several more foot warmers and other carved pieces that will be for sale on my website. I chose to introduce the first of those pieces as a give away.

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  10. So nice to hear from you MC! The foot warmer is just exquisite and I am crossing my fingers and toes hoping, hoping to be the luckiest of winners! Thank you for offering such a wonderful giveaway.

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  11. Wow fantastic giveaway prize. Its very beautiful. Please count me in.
    Hugs Maria

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  12. Hope it's not too late to enter --that is a beautifully wrought piece!

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  13. Es una pieza extraordinaria, como todas las tuyas
    Me encantará participar por favor?
    Lo anuncio en la barra lateral de mi blog
    Un abrazo
    GRACIAS por no tener palabra de verificación

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  14. Hello! I am your newest follower! Your work is incredible. I'm amazed at all the detail. Please enter me in your giveaway and thank you for hosting it!

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  15. me gustaria mucho participar en el sorteo que haces , lo anuncio en la barra lateral de mi blog

    besitos

    Mari

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  16. Me encantaria participar, es un trabajo precioso.
    Subo el aviso a mi blog.
    besitos ascension

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  17. I would love to take part in your giveaway. That foot warmer is really a stunning piece of work of art.
    I am one of your (then) 123 followers, and will add a link to this in my blog.

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  18. Здравствуйте!
    Я Ваш новый последователь. Вы замечательный художник.Я получила море удовольствия посетив Ваш блог. Вы делаете прекрасные миниатюры.
    Если можно - Я бы хотела участвовать в Вашеm GIVEAWAY
    Татьяна

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  19. Jenny in SacramentoAugust 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    That is just beautiful!! I love your site!
    Jenny in Sacramento

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  20. Hi Linda your work is amazing!! And i'd love to participate in your beautiful giveaway please,miniregards from Spain.

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  21. Linda - what a generous give-away! I would love to be included - thank you. Hugs from the Oz!

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  22. Oh wow! I just discovered you via the lovely Karin Corbin minis. I hope its all right to throw my hat in for the contest. I really look forward to seeing the rest of them.

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  23. You have made a beautiful foot warmer, I just love miniatures too but where I live I am unable to buy such lovely items, I'll bookmark your site so that I can see when you are putting up tutorials.

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  24. Tha tis such a beautiful oiece - and so unusual. I really admire your wood carving, it is a medium that I love, but am incapable fo doing!

    Jonquil

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  25. A very lovely piece Linda! The carving is just wonderful and I love the little rusty metal container inside. What a great way to introduce your new line!

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  26. That would have taken forever for me to create. I wouldn't even know where to start. Please count me in...I'd love to win.

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  27. Amazing!!! Che oggetto fantastico! Davvero delizioso. Mi piacerebbe far parte del giveaway, anche se sono l'ultima ed è giusto l'8 agosto. Complimenti per le sue creazioni!

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  28. Thanks to Karin Corbin, I found your blog this morning. I immediately joined your followers list. Not being one of the first 123 followers, I don't expect to be in the drawing, but I am still happy to have found you. I am looking forward to watching you wonderful work. Great chip carving!

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  29. Lovely work as always, Linda!

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  30. So grateful to Karin in Seattle for telling me about your site. Your foot-warmer would be magnificent in full-scale, but in twelfth-scale it really is beyond belief - stupendous.

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  31. Beautiful Carving! Gorgeous Little foot warmer! Please add me to your giveaway! I am a new follower!

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  32. Linda, I would love to win the foot warmer!
    I love all your little animals too.

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  33. Linda: I would love to win your foot warmer. Quite a while ago I did chipcarving, but didn't translate it into miniature.

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  34. Please enter me too, I have been a fan of your work for awhile, especially the tiny animals and Noah's ark.
    -L. Bates

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  35. I am pretty sure I am much too late by I try my luck.:) Please count me in if you still can.:)

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  36. A fantastic piece of work.
    I admire yor work already a long time.
    Good luck with the new idea's!

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  37. I found your blog via Karin Corbin and just love your carvings. As I'm not one of your original followers I don't expect you to put me in the draw. I'm just glad I found your blog (and a few others via your blog list!)

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  38. Hope this makes it under the wire for your wonderful foot warmer give a way! Have admired your tiny, tiny, tiny work. Can't imagine how steady ones hand has to be to carve such detail! Such a generous give a way offer! Thank you, Jill

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  39. What a great giveaway and a fantastic blog. I'm to late? When not, please count me in. I'm a new follower.
    Hugs from Craftland

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  40. Wow! From this to your animals, clocks and just all your carving justs wows me. Your drawings are also so beautiful. Linda, you are so amazingly talented and are truly gifted by God. I have admired your work like many for a long time and your website is one of my favorites. I feel compelled to tell you how wowed I am but yet one more facet of your carving. Thanks for sharing. Lucky person who wins this. Too bad I hadn't followed you sooner! LOL! Susan Korman

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  41. Hi Linda - courtesy of Karin I've just found your blog and your amazing work again after quite a while. Of course I'd love to win anything created by you, but it's nice to just see your work. Best wishes. R.

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  42. Love, Love your beautiful carvings. Also enjoy reading your blog and how your business got its name!
    Kacki Smith

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  43. That is one beautifull miniature! Your carving leaves me speechless! I always enjoy the historical tale behind a miniature, like why it has a handle and how an item was used. I would love to participate.

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  44. Of course I'd like to enter the givaway, but as I'm just now joining I don't know that that would be fair to others. I just learned of you from Karen Corbin, so please give her credit! Your work is beyond awesome and I'd be honored to follow your blog! God Bless and hugs, Kay Marshall

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  45. That is such a beautiful foot warmer. I can't imagine how
    long it took you to make. Your work is really beyond wonderful. Would love it for my little people.
    Jacqueline

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  46. WOW! I join the others in saying this is a phenomenal piece of art! Too late for drawing but a winner anyway for just seeing it.

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  47. Ooh wow, what a gorgeous piece, only saw it just now... Stunning! I just love the subject as it's so fit for the chip carving you've done. I've recently discovered how difficult this technique is (rea-lly hard!) but it''s no surprise you'd mastered this too cos it looks mind blowing. So much detail, so much skill... I'm having a go at it as we speak. No mini's yet, first trying to work it in "normal" size. To see this little object, looking like it does is só inspiring. I'm amazed at what you are capable of! That being said, to give it away, a piece of this outstanding quality is nothing but Generous with a capital G. I read John is the lucky lad. Congratulations John!!!!

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  48. Ohhhhh, no he llegado a tiempo,te felicito por tu trabajo,me gustaría participar.
    Besos de las Malu´s.

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  49. I so love your work, I am in awe I am just starting out to chip carve in miniature and looking at the foot warmer I am so excited at the possibilities out here. You should be so proud of yourself.

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  50. Again I cannot thank you all enough, my friends. This response, all the sweet comments, I am honored, touched and very happy!

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  51. I Just found this blog, and eventhought I am to late for the give away i just like to tell you how much i like it. I know footwarmers, but I can't remember seeing such a beautifull carved one before. Just love it!
    Miniature greetings

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  52. My Dearest Miracle ... I've spent the whole afternoon perusing your blogs & websites. Taking in the amazing beauty you create with your hands. I don't expect to be in the contest because you've already given me more then you will ever know & I can never thank you enough for getting me through this most horrible time in my life. As your talent is incredable, so are you. I'll be in touch very soon with those pictures of my beautiul baby,so you can bring him back to life with your crarving. I still miss so much. I don't think my heart will ever recover from this one.
    Your most grateful fan & friend
    Elizabeth

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