|Project by Mathew Nedeljko||posted 04-18-2014 03:56 AM||1817 views||3 times favorited||16 comments|
I made this Kokopelli themed marquetry tray a couple of months ago as a housewarming gift for my sister who moved in to a new house in Arizona. It measures approx 16×20x2.
For those that are wondering:
Known as a fertility god, prankster, healer and story teller, Kokopelli has been a source of wonder throughout the country for centuries. Kokopelli embodies the true American Southwest, and dates back over 3,000 years ago, when the first petroglyphs were carved. Although his true origins are unknown, this traveling, flute-playing Casanova is a sacred figure to many Southwestern Native Americans. Carvings of this hunch-backed flute-playing figure have been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest.
The motif was chevalet cut out of contrasting veneers of maple and walnut, and then framed with a double border of anigre and walnut. The tray itself features box jointed corners and is made from locally sawn solid walnut, re-sawn so the grain flows continuously around the corners. Hot hide glue was used to press the veneers and assemble the tray. Finish is several coats of wiped Arm-R-Seal, highly polished, and waxed.
I’m very happy with how this turned out, and it was promptly displayed with pride in her new kitchen upon delivery.
Thanks for looking.
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