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A babinga Washington State wall hanging w/ Pyrography

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Project by James Alberding posted 02-18-2015 05:05 AM 1052 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a quick post…

This project was done for a comedian who moved from Seattle to New York to pursue his comedy career and asked me to make him a Washington state he could hang on his wall in New York. I added the image of him because I do what I want!

I used a strip of 1”x4”x36” piece of African Babinga bought at a wood working store. I cut it into 3 pieces and glued them together. Then I cut out my Washington state using my jig saw. after I sanded it down I used my wood burning tool for the image in the bottom right and then sprayed on a clear lacquer finish.

the photo is of the piece hanging on his wall in his new place.

-- measure once, cut twice...





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#1 posted 02-18-2015 03:39 PM

Nice combination of scrolling and pyrography! I like it.

-- Ed

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cmmyakman

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#2 posted 02-18-2015 08:25 PM

Very cool. It looks huge, but I guess from the description it is only 4” wide and about 3” tall??

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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newwoodbutcher

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#3 posted 02-18-2015 10:35 PM

Wow! That is terrific. Are you a trained or natural artist, or is there a technique the rest of us could learn to burn images like that? With that level of “realism”?
I’ve been thinking of adding burning to my skill set. Do you have any recommendations for training or tools?
I’m feeling inspired. Thank you.

-- Ken

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James Alberding

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#4 posted 02-19-2015 03:43 AM

Thanks Ed, pyrography… I knew there was a term I couldn’t remember!

Cmmyakman, thank you. I didn’t measure the final dementions but I think it’s about 12” wide and 10” tall. I cut a 3/4”x4”x36” piece of wood into 3 sections and glued and clamped them side by side cutting board style.

Ken, I’ve always been artistic naturally, and even with some schooling I would never consider myself as a trained artist. Every once in a while I will get inspired and feel the need to express myself creatively and kinda learn on the fly. If something gives me trouble I’ll search what I call “YouTube University” and go from there.

For this one I took an image that I’ve always liked of him from a poster for a show he used to produce. I transferred the image onto the wood with pencil and started burning it in. The most important tip I could give you for something like this is being careful to use values (shades of color) to create depth and contrast. I’d you notice his glasses and teeth are untouched making them the lightest and his facial hair is the darkest. So I had to lightly shade his skin tone, and then darken his sportcoat to be darker than him but not as dark as his hair and tie. Here is the original image:

The other tip I’ll suggest, is if you enjoy doing this stuff and you think you will do it more than a couple times, buy yourself a foot wood burner with more tip options. My first two projects using the wood burner were harder to do what I wanted because if the tip I was using. I bought the cheaper option, and ended up buying another one with the tips I wanted because it’s not easy to get individual tips from what I’ve found.

Good luck Ken, it’s super fun and easy to learn. I’d love to see what you do.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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James Alberding

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#5 posted 02-19-2015 03:44 AM

Thanks Ed, pyrography… I knew there was a term I couldn’t remember!

Cmmyakman, thank you. I didn’t measure the final dementions but I think it’s about 12” wide and 10” tall. I cut a 3/4”x4”x36” piece of wood into 3 sections and glued and clamped them side by side cutting board style.

Ken, I’ve always been artistic naturally, and even with some schooling I would never consider myself as a trained artist. Every once in a while I will get inspired and feel the need to express myself creatively and kinda learn on the fly. If something gives me trouble I’ll search what I call “YouTube University” and go from there.

For this one I took an image that I’ve always liked of him from a poster for a show he used to produce. I transferred the image onto the wood with pencil and started burning it in. The most important tip I could give you for something like this is being careful to use values (shades of color) to create depth and contrast. I’d you notice his glasses and teeth are untouched making them the lightest and his facial hair is the darkest. So I had to lightly shade his skin tone, and then darken his sportcoat to be darker than him but not as dark as his hair and tie. Here is the original image:

The other tip I’ll suggest, is if you enjoy doing this stuff and you think you will do it more than a couple times, buy yourself a foot wood burner with more tip options. My first two projects using the wood burner were harder to do what I wanted because if the tip I was using. I bought the cheaper option, and ended up buying another one with the tips I wanted because it’s not easy to get individual tips from what I’ve found.

Good luck Ken, it’s super fun and easy to learn. I’d love to see what you do.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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newwoodbutcher

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#6 posted 02-19-2015 05:25 PM

Thank you James

-- Ken

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