Part 1 is here.
Don’t you just love the creative process? The way one idea builds upon another, then sometimes morphs into something else entirely? This is one of my favorite parts of any project. It was made so much better sharing the process with fellow LJ buddy, David (patron). The first leap was from conventional, straight across boards through several ideas, to mountains matching the view from my home. How the heck are we going to do that? (Yes, I admit I can be pretty free with using “we” when someone else is doing the work. LOL) My ceiling became something like a giant intarsia project.
One of the things that struck David about the view from up here (when it wasn’t too foggy for him to see it!) was the many layers in the Blue Ridge mountains. If you have ever traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway or hiked the Appalachian Trail, then you know what I mean; you can see row after row of overlapping mountains. Depending on which direction you are pointed, on a clear day you can see peaks all the way in Tennessee or Virginia from my house.
Anyway, back to the project…
David’s first idea, I believe, was to do the mountains one at a time, like in a conventional intarsia project, with grain direction also working to denote separate mountains. That would have been cool, for sure… but it probably would have meant him spending the winter here to do it! Back to the drawing board—or bandsaw as the case may be. How about doing a few rows of mountain silhouettes? Here is David’s sketch out of scrap:
Yeah, we like it!
Here is a section laid out on the table partially cut, rounded over, and nearly ready to go up:
And here’s the big version on the ceiling:
Looks great, doesn’t it? But still, it would look even better if we could get more of the overlapping thing going. Maybe we could cut them into pieces? But David was already having a time holding them against the ceiling as long boards. (I’m sure he’ll detail that part in his blog(s)) Ooooh, how about routing some grooves? Hey, there is an idea! But straight grooves, or even chamfered ones wouldn’t match the roundovers in the rest of the design. I eventually came up with this baby that I found in my Big Box o' Bits from Eagle America. Those of you who make signs and lettering are probably familiar with it, but it was a new one for us.
Perfect!!! Check out the difference. Those added lines give it a lot more realistic look of the famous overlapping layers of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Then there are the “sunbeams”. There was a whole lot more geometry than went into them than one would think. And even more of David’s jigs and ingenious supports to get them up on the ceiling.
Here is a progress shot of the first few beams fitted into place:
Then there is that big, flat spot at the top… I’ll save that for the next chapter.
Thanks for reading; I hope you enjoyed this part of the journey. And thanks, again, to David for all his efforts.