Cracked my ball

From: Manthorp25 Feb 2003 16:00
To: ALL1 of 2579
But I hope it doesn't show too much. This is the carving that I broke AFTER I finished it ARRRRRGH!!!!

It was a clean break, and I believe that the mend is almost invisible. I know that these aren't great pictures, but I'd be grateful if you scour them and try to work out where the break is. It'll help me decide whether to recarve or to send it on as it is (I'm going to admit to it, and offer to recarve anyway if they're not happy).

It shows, incidentally, the much hated 18thC Governor of Jersey, Matthew Baker, closing the Middle Ward Gate of Mont Orgeuil castle against the St George's day pilgrims.

Inspect my balls and other whittlings at Teh Gallery
EDITED: 17 Dec 2004 09:55 by MANTHORP
From: milko25 Feb 2003 16:04
To: Manthorp 2 of 2579
spoilered text highlight after you've guessed

Is it just below the flag's tip - the slightly lighter patch? Either that, or along the top of the short wall on the right. OR, along the rampart?

Basically, without gazing intently with the knowledge I'm looking for a flaw, I don't think I'd have a clue.
From: Manthorp25 Feb 2003 16:05
To: Manthorp 3 of 2579
And second:
From: Edd (EDDING)25 Feb 2003 16:06
To: Manthorp 4 of 2579
i just looked at that pic for ages and couldn't see where the break was.
that's some damn fine work btw.
From: sinkywinky25 Feb 2003 16:07
To: Manthorp 5 of 2579
I cannot see your crack.
From: ANT_THOMAS25 Feb 2003 16:08
To: Manthorp 6 of 2579
is it across the main picture?
From: Dan Herman (HERMAND)25 Feb 2003 16:10
To: Manthorp 7 of 2579
Someone has made a right mess of that piece of wood ;)
(Joke, thats some fine art, m'boy and I couldn't see the crack)
From: Lucy (X3N0PH0N)25 Feb 2003 16:13
To: Manthorp 8 of 2579
Just to the left of the castle gate?

Although, if that is it, Iwould never have spotted it without looking. I think the right approach would be as you said, tell them what happened, tell them it's repaired and give them the option.

I'm one of these that tends to think that anything like this is a valid part of the work anyway. But, yeah, that doesn't really tranmslate to wood carving, admittedly.

From: Manthorp25 Feb 2003 16:43
To: ALL9 of 2579
Probably time for the spoiler.

No, it isn't the flaw to the left of the gate, Xen: that's just wood being cussed like it is.

I agree with what you say with regard to art, but I've always thought of my stuff as essentially craft-based, which is much more oriented around control of materials and notions of material perfection. I still think they'll probably be happy, because it is so very hard to see, it's a corporate client rather than an individual, and it's one of twelve.

I'm helped by the fact that it broke in extraordinarily unlikely way:
From: Dan Herman (HERMAND)25 Feb 2003 16:44
To: Manthorp 10 of 2579
Thats a hell of a repair!
From: Manthorp25 Feb 2003 16:50
To: Dan Herman (HERMAND) 11 of 2579
Cheers Daniel. It was only cos it was such a clean break.
From: Lucy (X3N0PH0N)25 Feb 2003 16:56
To: Manthorp 12 of 2579

Would never have guessed it was there. Top notch repair work on that.

If it's as invisible to the eye as it is in a photo, I'm not sure it's even necessary to tell them - with it being what it is, if it's not discernable, it's not really relevant to the use of the thing...

From: paul25 Feb 2003 17:21
To: Manthorp 13 of 2579
I would /never/ have spotted that, amazing.

Let your conscience be your guide...

From: roog25 Feb 2003 17:31
To: Manthorp 14 of 2579

I don't believe you, you just drew that yellow line on at random didn't you :-)

Good job on the repair. Nice word on the original carving. Good to see someone
here has a bit of talent ;-)

From: Manthorp25 Feb 2003 17:31
To: paul 15 of 2579
In the absence of a single shred of conscience, I'll be guided by good business sense. I'll send it to them unnanounced, then ring up & explain about the break. That way, they'll see it with the eyes of the punters who'll be visiting the castle, but they'll still have the option of asking for it to be recarved.
From: Manthorp25 Feb 2003 17:36
To: roog 16 of 2579
*you just drew that yellow line on at random didn't you*

<weeps>If only<weeps>

You cannot imagine the sheer horror of the moment I broke it. I was gluing the roundel into the hemisphere that holds it, and I simply squeezed it too tight. I already knew it was thin: I could see light through it if I held it up to a lamp.

I'm a dickhead, as I think I'm entitled to say.
From: kara25 Feb 2003 17:37
To: Manthorp 17 of 2579
'S why you're so popular with the ladies.

I could have looked at that all day and never found the repair. Beautiful thing, Manthorp.
From: Manthorp25 Feb 2003 17:42
To: kara 18 of 2579
Ta chuck.
From: dyl25 Feb 2003 18:55
To: Manthorp 19 of 2579
How big is that carving?
From: Manthorp26 Feb 2003 00:24
To: dyl 20 of 2579
The roundels themselves are about 4.5cm diameter. Pretty dinky.