Which WELCOME tile looks best in the Quartersawn White OAK FRAME ?

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Blog entry by Dan'um Style posted 11-21-2008 06:50 AM 1583 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inprocess photos … two tiles to choose from.

frame is 4/4 quartersawn white oak. dyed, stained and seedlac … still needs a little work.

Which tile looks best in the frame ?

Photos are taken in my shop, on my table saw, covered with a burlap furniture blanket, under a 48 inch fluorescent light.


just because …. here is a set of experimental “elephant skin” tiles …


11 22 2008 Went with the darker one …. B


-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#1 posted 11-21-2008 07:01 AM

I like A. The elephant skin has great potential.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 11-21-2008 07:21 AM

This is like an eye test. Which is better? A or B?...A oooooorrrrr B?

I would say A – not sure why, but perhaps because the tone matches the wood frame.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 11-21-2008 09:08 AM

I like A best. That warm coppery finish looks better with your A&C finish.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 11-21-2008 03:33 PM

They both look good. I guess a is a little better.

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#5 posted 11-21-2008 03:35 PM

A for sure. B looks too smooth & even toned. B may look teriffic in a frame with more texture


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#6 posted 11-21-2008 03:42 PM

Well, I prefer the bluer tones of the lower tile. I like the contrast between complimentary colors of yellow and blue. However, both look exceptional. The elephant skin is interesting.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 11-21-2008 05:50 PM

New Zealand Steve… that cracked me up… started laughing out loud at the computer….

Dan, I gotta go with A… it’s got a warm feel to it.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#8 posted 11-21-2008 06:23 PM

wow! Everyone is going with A. I think B is much better for the contrast. A is too close to the frame color.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#9 posted 11-21-2008 07:34 PM

I’m voting “A”, though I can appreciate the comments about contrast.

-- Robb

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#10 posted 11-21-2008 08:07 PM

i like B better. i think the bluish grayish color compliments the oak.


-- Nick, Maine;

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#11 posted 11-21-2008 08:15 PM

Carleen just picked “A”. I think she voted for Obama, too.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 11-21-2008 08:48 PM

I like the lower tile – it has more contrastimpact against the frame. Try the upper tile against an unstained frame – I think it would have a bigger impact.

I like the texture of the elephant skin tile, but or insetting into a frame, I would like to see a cleaner joint line or the tile made in 1 piece

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#13 posted 11-22-2008 01:16 AM

Done with great effect Dan.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 11-22-2008 01:40 AM

I can’t really be desive on this they both have good points and there are reasons, as has been pointed out. the elephant skin is really a keeper, i trust we will see more of in your future work.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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Dan'um Style

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#15 posted 11-22-2008 02:40 AM

A it is !

I have been entertaining myself with textures on the surface of the tiles. FIRED Ground glass looks cool … kind of like a sand casting defect seen in a foundry…..uniquePhotobucket

I’m also experimenting on a triptych with same tiles as above, but with fired ground glass textures. It is still in process.

I plan on continuing the elephant skin process. It a little better then expected. Only problem is if you look real close to the surface of the tiles, you might guess might my NEW invention.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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