Hmm, where was I…O yes. The red material had arrived and so I laid it all out on the table to decide which one would go into the eye. There was Redwood burl, Amboyna Burl, Red Mallee Burl, Roble Burl, Red Swirl Resin, and Red Sea Coral. I chose the Red Sea Coral not just because of its color but because it came from the sea and I am sentimental, I thought it would be cool to have it in the “SEA Monster” :) It was a bit disappointing because when I sanded it flu...
While the Epoxy was curing on the Mother of Pearl, I started cutting out the body. I started with the lips which I cut out of Tulip. (I have to admit, the mouth looks creepy here:) ) I then started cutting the body out of the Snakewood. There was a small challenge here. I had to break the body up into section so that it would follow the pattern on the Snakewood, otherwise as the body of the Leviathan bent and curved the pattern would not follow it. I actually messed up on the first se...
As you all have probably realized, things have been really busy here for us lately. It seems that the business is growing and that is a great thing for us – especially considering the way the economy is these days. We are really happy and feel so fortunate that things are working out, and we also realize that there is much to do ahead that is both fun and exciting. Finishing the latest wholesale order was yet another big milestone. Even though I had help with it, I was beginning t...
Thanks for joining in again and I apologize for the delay. Hand is doing a lot better and it feels great to be back in the shop. Thanks for your patience and your encouragement to get better. In this section we will focus on shaping and sanding our pieces. In my opinion, this is the most important part of the process. Depth is what makes a piece really stand out and the more depth you use in your project the better you’re going to like the end result. We have all seen intarsia pieces...
In this episode: Expanding my lumber storage Part two. My old rack nolonger meets the needs of my shop. I Need more space.
In this episode: Expanding my lumber storage. My old rack no longer meets the needs of my shop. I Need more space.
Well, we are in the home stretch of completing this order. After only two short days of working, we can tuck it under our belts and wrap it up. It’s a great feeling to look at the piles of pieces and see how much we accomplished in such a short time. It feels good to me, and I hope it does to Keith, too. Working together like this is something that is new to us. While we are partners, we are usually each working on our own individual projects, which are at different stages more s...
I finished all my cutting yesterday. There was a little more to do than I had originally thought, but it was certainly manageable for me to finish. I finished in the early afternoon with a decent part of the day left to do other things. The next thing on the list was to tidy up the area where I was cutting and get everything back in order. While I cleaned in between sessions, I wanted to make sure that things were nice and fresh and everything was back to normal. It is important to kee...
Hi EveryoneWell , after about 40 hours of cutting and fitting and redesigning , I finally got the “Eagle’s Realm” intarsia project complete. Took about 3 hours today to glue in all 175 pieces and apply 2 coats of spray on satin poly.The biggest hurdle was getting the depth in the background but I got it, Whew that was tough!!! Woods used—Walnut, Holly, Spalted Beech, Spalted Sycamore, Yellowheart, Ebony, Fishtail Oak, Poplar, Lignum Vitae, Purpleheart, Afromosia, Vera ...
Choices. We all have them and make hundreds of them every day. Some are automatic and simple (do I want cream or milk in my coffee) while others can be more difficult and have a lasting impact on our lives or businesses. This is especially true if you have your own business. While it may seem to be really glamorous and ‘cool’ to be able to make all the decisions regarding your future, sometimes it can get taxing. Some decisions aren’t as easy to make as others and the...
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