Turn a Block of Wood into a Box of Money

comments (13) January 21st, 2014 in blogs

AsaC Asa Christiana, Special Projects Editor, Fine Woodworking magazine
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This is a painted wood sculpture, carved from a single block of wood, by Randall Rosenthal. Its title is Old Money.
So is this.
All of it, even the cardboard box, from one block of pine.
He starts by laminating a big block.
Thats his blood on the wood. He says he was so busy carving he didnt realize he had nicked himself.
He starts to carve under the box flaps, and excavate around the stacks of bills.
When the carving is done, the meticulous painting begins.
The detail is ridiculous.
And here is Rosenthal in his shop, working on Old Money.
This is a painted wood sculpture, carved from a single block of wood, by Randall Rosenthal. Its title is Old Money. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

This is a painted wood sculpture, carved from a single block of wood, by Randall Rosenthal. Its title is "Old Money."


It's tough to make real money from your work, but I found a guy who is dong the next best thing. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen the step-by-step photos myself.

His name is Randall Rosenthal, and he lives in East Hampton, NY. Everything he does is carved from a single block of wood, and hand-painted. Here are the rest of the photos for the "Old Money" sculpture, plus more info about the artist, and here is his own website, which includes a gallery of his amazing work.


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Comments (13)

frontrow1 frontrow1 writes: when are police coming around, in my neck of the woods its a crime to reproduce ozzie currency in any form
then again look at your gun laws !!
Posted: 8:45 pm on January 31st

KaraM24 KaraM24 writes: This is a cool carved box.
I also saw no long time ago carved table by Boris Khechoyan
Check it out.His table was Best of Show in San Diego Art Show
http://www.woodcarver4u.com/?gallery=finished-unfinished-work
Posted: 11:01 pm on January 25th

professorss professorss writes: Without a doubt the essence is in the painting.
Posted: 1:10 pm on January 25th

professorss professorss writes: Without a doubt the essence is in the painting.
Posted: 1:10 pm on January 25th

Baff Baff writes: They're very well done! You should check out Australian artist & carver Ricky Swallow's works
Posted: 10:51 am on January 25th

Baff Baff writes: They're very well done! You should check out Australian artist & carver Ricky Swallow's works
Posted: 10:51 am on January 25th

shopchallenged shopchallenged writes: His painting skills are beyond belief. The carving is spectacular but the detail of the painting is what makes the project come to life. I wonder how he paints such fine detail on the lower levels of his work???
Posted: 10:02 am on January 25th

John_UK John_UK writes: Fantastic. If he wants to sell it he should charge a box of money.
Posted: 6:52 am on January 25th

DanM DanM writes: Well, it sure is different than the droopy, hairy, old man spirits peering out of logs.
Posted: 6:30 am on January 25th

mol257 mol257 writes: Absolutely amazing!
Posted: 6:18 am on January 25th

turningjohn turningjohn writes: That's pretty spectacular. Must take a long time to develop those skills.
Posted: 12:01 pm on January 22nd

Malecema Malecema writes: I can't figure out what's more impressive; the carving or the painting
Posted: 11:08 am on January 22nd

rnelson88 rnelson88 writes: Unbelievable.
Posted: 10:45 am on January 22nd

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