This is a small carving that turned out ok and I’m looking for a little advice on a base. The carving is more “exagerated realism” than cartoonish and he looks like a biker kind of guy? He is about 3”, sort of bottle stopper size. But if I stick him on a cork, then he will become that bottlestopper. If I stick him on an artistic base, I think it encourages the viewer to see him more as art. Since art is so subjective, it seemes to help almost anything if you stick ...
The last two nights and this morning’s work are covered here. I probably should have waited, but I wanted to shape the outside and see how it looked. I started by putting some marks to guide how much I sanded off on the high spots for the initial bevels. I then could sand (with a sanding block and 60 grit paper) until the high spots were evenly brought down. After that, I just kept going through the grits – up through 400. I could have stopped sooner since I still...
I made a great deal of progress on one of my designs yesterday, and so far I am happy with how it was turning out. It is still in the drawing stages right now, and even though it is half drawn, I still don’t have a clear vision of what I want the final piece to be. It used to bother me when something like this occurred. Many times when I create a design, I have a goal or a final vision of what I want the completed piece to look like. I have always heard that without a clear goal, it ...
Yesterday turned out to be a very productive day. Not only was the sun warm and shining bright, but manythings fell into place to start me on my next several designs. (Yes! I said several designs!) This is a good feeling. Perhaps after all of these years I am truly figuring our a process that works well for me in order to keep my new designs flowing. I find myself settled on projects for many different branches of my business and even got some things mapped out to develop some new area...
Well my shipment of plexiglass came in Friday, and all I can say is What was I worried about! LOL I followed the instructions directions that Sloan’s Woodshop gave, using the double skip tooth #3 blades I purchased from them. I left the wrapper on the plexiglass, and placed duct tape on top of that. It was like cutting butter! No melting, no problems! Had the shape cut in a matter of 1 minute. I sanded the edges with fine steel wool. Loved it learned something new! Thanks to ...
I worked late enough last night I didn’t get to updating the blog until this morning. There were a couple pictures still on the camera for the prior day’s work. I got the template done and located it on the lid. After a few passes with the router, I had a recess. The lid is only 5/16 thick to start with and the recess is 3/16 deep. I trimmed the ironwood to size and rounded the corners. Then I applied glue and clamped them up for the night. The last thing I...
As I am getting ready to work this Tuesday morning, I find myself trying to stay out of ‘muddle.’ I spent most of the day yesterday thinking about and considering the next designs that I would be creating, and I found myself in a place of disarray and disorganization. Not physical disorganization, as I tend to keep my environment around me relatively neat, but rather a mental disorganization where my thoughts are all over the map and I can’t keep the train of thought th...
Started to build the RoseBud inlay that will go on the lid of the Bubinga and Purple Heart jewelry box. For this inlay I am using maple, yellow heart, rosewood, and kauri. Tomorrow I am going to do some sand shading to give the inlay a 3D effect. Should be pretty cool… P.S. The only down side to sand shading is the wood can sometimes stink and yellow heart is one of the worst!!! It is almost as bad as zebra wood… not quite but almost!!!
I am in the process of building five different jewelry boxes as showcase pieces for a business I am trying to launch. All of the boxes are mirror images of each other except I used different types of wood on each one. This picture shows how the boxes looked a few days ago. Notice the one in the back with the TurtleSoup inlay??? Each box is getting its own decorative inlay built on it because that is what EZInlays.com sells, kits that will allow the average (and trust me on this my sk...
After several days of taking off, I am back. Not only did I miss a couple of days of writing here, but I also did only the minimal as far as my work is concerned. For someone such as myself – who thrives on goals and deadlines and tends to throw myself completely into my job – it was a rather strange couple of days. Since what I do for my living is something that others mainly do for recreation, it muddied things up a bit. After all – who wouldn’t want to play in t...
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