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Teal decoy carved from block of approx. 12,000 burnt match sticks. Black onyx for the eyes.
-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)
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#1 posted 04-14-2009 06:35 PM
really lovely well done my wife loves it too regards Alistair
-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease
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#2 posted 04-14-2009 06:39 PM
Very cool! How is the block made in the first place? Would this qualify as “smoked” duck?
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"
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#3 posted 04-14-2009 07:30 PM
ooh, Charlie, painful
agree with question though. How did you make the block?
-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com
#4 posted 04-14-2009 08:26 PM
Thanks Scotsman, I really appreciate the kind comment! Charlie, I just built the block up by laying burnt matchsticks like bricks. I started with a sheet of waxed paper over some plywood and used wood glue as the mortar for the joints. After each layer of matches, I draped the wax paper over that layer and placed a board with something heavy on it for the clamping. Once dried, I pulled back the wax paper and laid another course, alternating again the ‘bricks’. I just used my finger to work the glue into the joints. Speaking of which, I haven’t tried smoking a duck. ;-)
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#5 posted 04-14-2009 08:49 PM
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#6 posted 04-14-2009 09:00 PM
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#7 posted 04-14-2009 10:13 PM
One of the neatest things I have seen on this site.
-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham
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#8 posted 04-14-2009 11:22 PM
-- Scott - Houston, Texas
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#9 posted 04-15-2009 12:59 AM
I’m speechless, just trying to grasp 12,000 matchsticks! Very sharp!
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#10 posted 04-15-2009 01:31 AM
Agree with garyb6, one of the neatest things I’ve seen, how creative, and what a great effect. Well done!!!!
-- Dan Wiggins
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#11 posted 04-15-2009 03:21 AM
Great carving! And I am saving my match sticks from now on. This has given me so many ideals you wouldn’t believe it. Thanks for posting.
-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA. firstname.lastname@example.org
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#12 posted 04-15-2009 05:44 AM
Most creative material an excellent carving. I really enjoy your work.
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#13 posted 04-15-2009 05:58 AM
Thanks Jim and everyone. I have a couple of other canes to post later. I also have one cane shaft that I made several years ago where I glued toothpicks around a dowel rod and filled in the between space with epoxy made black with India ink. It has a pretty cool effect to but I haven’t finished the ‘head’ on it yet. Thanks for looking at some of my stuff.
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#14 posted 04-15-2009 11:17 PM
Your projects are incredible! Beautiful, unique, enthralling work. A real joy to see your projects…
-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.
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#15 posted 04-16-2009 07:28 PM
It is guys like you that make this site so #$%^&* addicting!!!!!
-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...
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