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Barbara Van Vleck
  • Lees Summit, MO
  • United States
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Barbara Van Vleck commented on Sharon Trandem's photo
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"Beautiful carving.  I'd love to see this piece in person. "
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Barbara Van Vleck commented on Nancy J Overmyer's photo
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giraffe family

"Ooooh, love these colors and composition.  Beautiful"
Mar 19
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Nancy J Overmyer's photo
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owl

"Beautifully done!"
Mar 19
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Sharon Trandem's photo
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"Sharon, please tell me, is that eggshell?"
Mar 10
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Lisa baurmeister's photo
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"I hope you will post another photo angle of that handle so I can see the way you twisted it."
Mar 10
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Lisa baurmeister's photo
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"This goes to show how royal a humble gourd can become! "
Mar 10
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Lisa baurmeister's photo
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"Winner indeed, this is fabulous."
Mar 8
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Lisa baurmeister's photo
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"Wow, what a beauty! "
Mar 8
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Lisa baurmeister's photo
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"Very beautiful.  Wish I could see it in person. Congratulations."
Mar 8
Barbara Van Vleck commented on connie rockwood's photo
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ducks on my pond

"Very nice, you created a beautiful environment."
Mar 4
Barbara Van Vleck commented on connie rockwood's photo
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butterfly jar

"Very pretty.  I admire the lid, it looks great."
Mar 4
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Marianne Barnes's photo
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Undulating Gourd

"Wow, look at all the excitement you stirred up!  This is gorgeous!"
Jan 6
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Linda Dunlap's photo
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Eagle Gourd 3

"Super job!  Love the colors and the eye of that eagle!"
Jan 6
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Blanca Valdez Ricaud's photo
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BRIGHT COLORS

"Picasso! "
Jan 6
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Sandy Schneider's photo
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2016 Copper Basket (2)

"Beautiful gourd pot.  Those handles look terrific on this.  It makes me want to buy some guilders paste to try that out.  Super bead work."
Jan 6
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Sandy Schneider's photo
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2016 Copper Basket (1)

"Wonderful gourd pot.  Colors, beads, coiling, it has all the right elements. "
Jan 6

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At 10:46am on January 5, 2014, Connie Fox said…
Barbara, thanks for you kind comment on my octopus. Connie
At 5:41am on June 27, 2012, Phyllis Sickles said…

Bonnie and I have taught a couple of advanced carving classes together here in Tucson.  I enjoyed it but teaching is just not what I want to do.  I prefer to just work on gourds.  I spent 32 years teaching and just want to do my own thing now.

I hope I was able to help you with the burs.  Bonnie has a nice selection of burs and they would be the ones that she uses to carve.  Also, her prices are very reasonable.

Good luck.

Phyllis 

At 7:30pm on June 26, 2012, Phyllis Sickles said…

Hi Barbara,

I use a variety of burs starting with inverted cone that is structured tooth like a Typhoon (brand name) bur.  I use one that looks like a football too.  After the heavy carving is out of the way, I switch to carbide burs, stump burs etc. to shape and begin the smoothing.  The smoothing is done with diamond burs and lots and lots of hand sanding.  The detail work is done with dental burs in my Shofu. 

If you ever get a chance to take a carving class from Bonnie G., do so.  She is an excellent teacher and great carver.  Now that's a lady that gets her work smooth.  She brought 4 pieces to the gourd meeting last evening and I was just amazed.  She has the patience to sand forever and I don't.  Sometimes it doesn't matter but other times I should have done more sanding.

At 7:37pm on February 6, 2012, Denise Blank said…
Hi Barbara! Glad you like my heron..I grow bamboo and I used that for the beak and the legs, also as the stems for the foliage which is artificial leaves and floral moss. I am donating him to my archery club for a raffle benefit and hope he finds a good home, I really enjoyed working on him!
At 5:32pm on January 3, 2012, Christine Pace said…

Yes Barbara ....... it does look like this where I live!  I live in Trasyvlavia county, which has over 250 waterfalls!  And I'm right outside the DuPont State Forest and only 14 miles from Pisgah National Forest!

I simply love the way you keep so much of the gourd showing through your paintings ...... and your paintings themselves.  Welcome to this site!

At 10:04pm on December 16, 2011, Darlene Propp said…

Welcome,  Barbara. We’re glad you’re here. There are many  activities and discussions in which you may want to participate.  Look around and join in.  Add some  photos of your own. And have fun!  The  GAE rules are located on the right side of the main page.   Darlene

 
 
 

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