|Project by MARCO AURELIO R. GUIMARÃES||posted 03-14-2009 04:54 PM||3443 views||6 times favorited||21 comments|
Although many other kind of jobs are present in this piece, this mixed media work also includes an important woodworking part that I would like to share with other members of LUMBERJOCK’S community.
Since I’m far to be a professional craftsman, I use to do works that are always given as gifts to friends or family members.
That way, I use to give to each son (fortunately, we have five) a gift made by my own. This one was gave to the eldest one.
All pieces were handcrafted by myself, in my workshop with regular tools, including the marble column, with the bronze pedestal, the Corinthian capital and a rotating superior platform.
The project, actually is a hybrid architectural design, once it includes Greek an Roman themes of different periods!
I don’t know the name in English, but I hope you may concede me what we call here in Brazil, some “poetic license”!
After all, my intention were just making an ornamental and useful piece.
The wood species is Jacarandá (Dalbergia nigra)Brazilian rosewood. Solid.
All golden pieces were pre-carved in goldsmith wax, cast in silver and received a layer of 10 microns of 18K gold .
In the inferior small cabinet there are two mini-doors in which I embeddedan ornamental hollow design found in gold .
Please cick on the photo to see both doors.
The two leave-doors are curved in opposed directions (such as in a mirror image) and were carved in the outside and inside faces, and since they should be identical, it was a hard struggle to get everything juxtaposed, metal and wood.
In the right door-leave I embedded a small mechanism (made with parts of old clocks)that allows opposed movements – up and down – in order tolock the cabinet when turning the removable key.
In the center of these doors I inserted a small oval of ivory with the initials of Marcio and Ana. My son and daughter-in-law’s names.
The upper wood cabinet is plane on its façade in order to receive the clock dial but it’s convex on both sides. The golden ornaments, the dancers and Roman numerals were handcrafted as well.
In the convex wood side parts I inserted on the centers of the ornamental golden frames, a round carved piece ( such as a coin) with the same theme as we can see in the front of the monument, which is an old Roman chariot pulled by two horses .
By the way, the scene with the Roman warrior conducting a chariot was one of the most difficult parts to do, since the very small sculpture is located on the fronton of the “monument” in 3D perspective and not in the same plane of the marble surface.
In an other way, I couldn’t set the chariot and the two horses, one behind the other, the whole set seeming to be in perspective.
I don’t know if I could, in some way, be intelligible enough in trying explain to the fellow observers what I meant!
Over the saddle roof there’s an invented mythic Greek god who is maintaining a lion by a chain.
Certainly you’re asking:- a Greek god in a Roman monument? Well, I told you before that my project design conceived a hybrid architectural building!
Please conceive me some poetic license!
The main important thing is that the instruments and everything else works fine!
In the back of the work there’s an engraved dedication to my son that says:-
“To Marcio – A son that every father wood be proud to have”.
Please click to see enlarged picture.
Thank you so much for visiting my work.
-- MARCO AURELIO R. GUIMARAES, BELO HORIZONTE, MG, BRAZIL