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Project by MARCO AURELIO R. GUIMARÃES posted 02-08-2009 12:26 AM 3596 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a photo album that I made to give to my wife as a gift in her 60th birthday. Once 60 is a round age, I wanted to give her something special, not simply bought in a store, yet something made with things that belonged to our lives lived together. (Sorry fellows for being an old fashion romantic husband!!!)
That way, the frame solid wood is made out of Brazilian rosewood – Dalbergia nigra- which was salvaged from the floor-tiles of our own house at the occasion of a refurbishing.
The craft-paper itself, I made using stems of banana trees of our ranch. In order to cut the paper sheets in their special shape, I made a simple jig using plain package steel strips which were sharpen and razor-blade honed and half embedded in a MDF substrate. With the help of a kind of a paste-roller I could press-down the paper sheets against the blades.
The ink to paint the border designs and to write the dedication is a mix of “gum-arabic” and an extract made of Brazilian walnut (Nogueira) powder. I’m sure some of your grand-fathers may explain you what gum-arabic is (or was)!!!
Everything was made by myself, including all found gold pieces that was firstly carved in a special kind of goldsmith wax, such as dental restorations. In order to carve the ornaments in some pieces( not shown) I used dental moto-tools, micro-motors, and a lot of burin jobs.
I took a shot from her profile in a moment that she was not “plugged”, so I could try to reproduce her face with some adaptations, such as the “bright reflexes” on her hair, glasses and closes.
The intarsia cover of the album is composed by some different contrasting wood species.
The hair, for instance, is made of 262 independent small solid carved and interlocked small pieces.
The album is full of photos showing several moments of our lives during the long and happy period since we met each other, more than 55 years ago!!!
It was a surprise gift. When I gave it to her she said to friends who was then in our house :- “I’ll never more argue with my husband”! She’s so amazing!!!

Well folks, I couldn’t post some photos I chose, once LJ’s site process cut them all in a half way.
If some of the woodworker fellows know how to do it, helping tips will be appreciated.
Thanks for watching this work.


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#1 posted 02-08-2009 12:48 AM

That is absolutely awesome.
Very well done.
Thanks for an enjoyable experience and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#3 posted 02-08-2009 01:33 AM

What a lasting treasure to pass through the generations! I love it

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#4 posted 02-08-2009 01:47 AM

Wow! You did such a Great job Superb craftsmanship

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#5 posted 02-08-2009 01:49 AM

Very creative, turned out beautiful, something for the ages.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 02-08-2009 02:28 AM

Well I’m almost speechless, especially after reading your story with it. I’m just amazed, at the level you go to in creating not only the wood, but the gold, and even making the paper. Wow!!!!!!!!! Beyond beautiful.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 02-08-2009 02:28 AM

Amazing work, Love it.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#8 posted 02-08-2009 02:33 AM

Wow amazing. Do you know how many hours you have into this project?

-- Alan, Prince George

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#9 posted 02-08-2009 02:42 AM

Marco, this is indeed a priceless gift that certainly will be a family heirloom. It is a stunning piece that is truly a gift from your heart. This is a wonderful post and I really appreciate your sharing the story behind it as well.

Thanks for sharing this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 02-08-2009 02:56 AM

Way to go Marco! That is incredible, all your work and the meaning behind it. That’s a great story. Thank you for sharing it with us here at lumberjocks.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 02-08-2009 04:53 AM

and may you both enjoy many more anniversaries !

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#12 posted 02-08-2009 05:19 AM

Exquisite detail and design. A beautiful heirllom to cherish for generations to come. You are a true craftsman! Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 02-08-2009 06:19 AM

Here is the type of project that is not only brilliant and beautiful but makes me smile. How wonderful to have such talent and to give it in such a way. Bravo Marco – what other treasures do you have to share?

I ditto those comments made above – You are a true Gentleman and Craftsman.

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#14 posted 02-08-2009 04:50 PM

this is extraordinary. Amazing work, amazing thought put into it, amazing love…. so wonderful.

As for pictures the max. width is about 640 pixels; if all else fails, post them “as is” and we can just open them up in another window to look at them in full view.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 02-08-2009 05:09 PM

Marco, you are beyond amazing!!! This is a great work of art. I could only hope to do something half this fine in a lifetime.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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