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Project by MARCO AURELIO R. GUIMARÃES posted 03-14-2009 04:54 PM 3812 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!
Column 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.



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#1 posted 03-14-2009 05:04 PM

Stunned again. Brilliant work. So complex, each detail attended to. Awesome, great to see your talent thanks for sharing!

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

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#2 posted 03-14-2009 05:32 PM

You, sir, are talented beyond words! I was stunned by the quality, overall design, and craftmanship of the piece. Inspiring!

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#3 posted 03-14-2009 05:36 PM

ALLRIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so glad you posted this my friend, when you sent me these pictures a month ago, I was hoping so much you would share these with all LJ’s. Your work is stunning, people will be at a loss for words. You are amazing, it’s hard to start to comment, as…........ where do you start? It’s all a work of art.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 03-14-2009 05:38 PM

WOW! This is incredible, Marco! A masterpiece in marble & casting. It’s nice to see someone as talented as you are on lumerjocks. It gives me inspiration to get better. Thank you.

-- Dennis Zongker

#5 posted 03-14-2009 06:05 PM

I sent you before some photos of this work not expecting to post it, as I told you, once the woodworking jobs may appear not so important in the whole set.
I’m now posting it on LUMBER JOCKS just because of you!
I thank you, Dan, for your advice.
It’s indeed grateful to perceive that my work may be useful to others, at least as a mixed media idea.
I’m glad in sharing with LJ’s members my experience over the way I found to make this work.


#6 posted 03-14-2009 06:12 PM

Thank you for visiting my page and mainly for including TEMPUS FUGIT as one of your “Favorites”.
Regarding to your comment I just would like to tell you that it’s just impossible to you be more
inspired than you already is!


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#7 posted 03-14-2009 06:19 PM

Excellent. Truly amazing work.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 03-14-2009 06:38 PM

<Mouth hanging open in awe.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 03-14-2009 06:43 PM

I am honored to have you share this level of work on LJ. You do incredible work. Words really can’t describe the masterful works that you create.

Thank You for sharing.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 03-14-2009 07:36 PM

Marco, once again you have given us a wonderful creation to enjoy. This piece is stunning in its artistry, detail and the integration of different media. Tempus Fugit is simply a work of art that is a family heirloom which will be cherished by your son and grandchildren for generations to come. It is truly an honor to have the distinct privilege of being able to view work such as this.

Thank you for sharing this.

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

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#11 posted 03-14-2009 08:45 PM

Incredible, thank you for sharing this.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

#12 posted 03-15-2009 12:41 AM

Thank you.
You’re ever so kind and generous on your comments over my postings.
I’d deserve the deference I’m getting on LJ’s with so many nice messages received from the woodworker fellows.
By the way, Scott, the honor and privilege for sharing here my work with so many better artists (and I’m not one of them!) is mine!!!


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#13 posted 03-15-2009 07:13 AM

Exquisite detail and design. A true master piece from a master craftsman. It is a work of art that will be a heirloom for your sons family to cherish and others to admire for generations to come. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 03-15-2009 08:37 PM

It’s great to see a talant like this in our lifetime!
And it doesn’t matter that there is not much wood, your work is amazing and inspiring!!!
I hope you’ll share more of your work with us, even if there is no wood at all !!!

#15 posted 03-16-2009 12:27 AM

Thank you for your kindness.
As you say of yourself in your “profile”, I’m a self-thought amateur as well.
I like to work with my hands and so I use to do several kinds of jobs, such as woodworking, sculpting, stone/wood carving and mixed media in a general way.
Since LJ’s is a woodworking site, I don’t feel myself free to post works that not include wood. In order to not invading the main purpose of the site I never posted other works, however if you have any kind of interest, I’ll be pleasured in sending you directly photos of different kind of jobs.
Thanks for your nice comment


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