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Blog entry by Jordan posted 08-06-2010 07:55 PM 1730 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch



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#1 posted 08-06-2010 07:58 PM

ok enough playing around when you gonna get serious… great job looking to see it done

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#2 posted 08-06-2010 08:15 PM

It already looks so real life, Jordan. It hardly looks like wood! I’ve been holding my breath for this post since your last one and my wife was telling me I was turning blue! I can tell it’s going to be a beaut already . . . your beads are just phenomenal!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#3 posted 08-06-2010 08:20 PM

Jordan, the details are so amazing I could just reach in there and touch it, it looks so soft.
Magnificent as always.
Thanks for sharing Jordan.

-- When you know better you do better.

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Don Butler

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#4 posted 08-06-2010 08:20 PM

As you remove material new wood formerly inside the block is exposed to atmosphere. There will inevitably be some curling or warping as a result of this new wood giving up moisture to the air. That’s especially true with large thin areas. If its curling toward the front you might spritz some water on the back to equalize the moisture content. If its curling back, then a little moisture on the front may help.
You could even try dabbing water on with a damp sponge. That would afford you a greater measure of control. Be cautious. Don’t overdo.


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#5 posted 08-06-2010 08:32 PM

I feel like I’m watching Michelangelo carve the famous statue “David”—just chipping away until the masterpiece is revealed.

I think I read that your inspiration come from a collection of stuff at your Grandmother’s? If that is correct – what happened to the original pieces?

(and I was hoping someone would provide the answer to your question. Good tip!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 08-06-2010 08:44 PM

Might try taking a fuzz off the back side to open new wood up to the atmosphere too. Looking good!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 08-06-2010 08:45 PM

A masterpiece in the making great work as is your normal method of operation.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 08-06-2010 08:49 PM

Jordon: A great piece of art.

I was going to say that the moisture of the insides of the wood that is now able to release it’s moisture is probably causing your problem. At this point the wood is in control.

You can spray surface water on it but when it leaves, the wood is back to doing what it wants.

Fortunately wood is a living piece and it will continue to move for it’s entire life as heat and humidity react with the wood.

If it’s in a display case then the movements should not be very pronounced.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#9 posted 08-06-2010 08:57 PM

Wow! I looked at the photos and my first thought was “Okay, nice shirt… but what does it have to do with woodworking?” Then it started to sink in….

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 08-06-2010 09:14 PM

hey Jordan its realy come together now :-)
and what a pleasure to follow you thank´s once more for taking your time
to let us see it

and Don is right and if you have / will see Charles Niel´s vidioclip (is on you-tube)
where he takes control over a twisted Door in a cabinet and pres it back just a little more
than straight and clamp it (how long I can´t remember ) but when released the door
it was spot on you cuold try to use the same tecnic if you have time enoff before deadline

take care

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David Craig

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#11 posted 08-06-2010 09:19 PM

Beautiful work Jordan. I think this blog is one of my favorites of yours. You really took the time to document your process and show us the steps. For that, I am very thankful.

Others noted the probably causes of the bowing. On a piece such as this, you are mainly removing material from the front and leaving the back relatively untouched. All the stresses of the wood are released in one direction and that will cause some warping. Fortunately, you do most of your work with basswood which is less prone to checking and I would believe the piece will be unscathed from future wood movement, especially after painting. The warping might actually add more realism to the piece, not that I believe your work would require any enhancements to make it look more realistic :)

Thanks for sharing your progress,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#12 posted 08-06-2010 10:53 PM

Haven’t tried this in a while but wet newspapers and a couple cinder blocks on the back may help take the warp out of it. (If it is cupping forward)

-- E.R. Bunn,

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#13 posted 08-06-2010 11:17 PM

Thank you, Don very much for the explanations as to what was happening. I was thinking as Topa said, that I may have to lighten the back of the thicker part to get it to match better but from arm tip to shoulders, it’s bent about 1”. Yes, they are cupping forward. I might try some of the dampening of the back as well. I agree with David that basswood can bend and not split (I see the laminate lines are still in tact) and I believe as Karson said that it will live on forever, bending to and fro as it pleases. I am just a perfectionist and hate to see this from the side although as you say, in a display case, who would notice?

Littlepaw – don’t turn blue – just enjoy the ride. So often I wish for it to be finished then it goes out the door and I am unhappy to be without it after all of the hours we toiled together. Although a paycheque helps my sadness a great deal, LOL!

Deb, I was very young when we opened a great trunk of goodies at my grandmothers. The pieces may not be the same but the feeling of the theme lived on in me and I don’t really know where my visions of what I’m producing come from. Unfortunately, I don’t know where those pieces are today.


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#14 posted 08-06-2010 11:29 PM

I hope they hold a place of honour somewhere … and regardless, they are carrying on in your work, today!
The Native tradition say that what we do impacts the next 7 generations—those pieces of treasures are indeed being passed along to the future – through your work.
Makes your work even MORE impressive and powerful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 08-07-2010 12:13 AM

Debbie, you always say the nicest things.
My grandmother was 1/2 Seminole Indian…strangely enough she used to always tell me “You’ll be where you’re meant to be, when you’re THERE!” , which I guess is why she was always so SLOW getting ready, LOL, but as time goes on, I realize more and more that she was probably right, for MY life anyways. Who knew back then that those trunk treasures would resurface (similarily) 40 years later out of wood!


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