|Project by MARCO AURELIO R. GUIMARÃES||posted 02-08-2009 12:26 AM||3331 views||1 time favorited||19 comments|
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.
-- MARCO AURELIO R. GUIMARAES, BELO HORIZONTE, MG, BRAZIL