|Project by prospector45||posted 09-03-2015 01:12 PM||1689 views||15 times favorited||11 comments|
A project or blog. Since the items are finished, I will post as project. A blog by ‘patron’, 2009http://lumberjocks.com/patron/blog/10063 was recently read. patron challenged each LJ to take a mid-term exam, open-book, of course.
I like many others rely on the general ideas of others for creativity. It’s how the work is incorporated into the final product is what determines the ‘original’ design. My work has been accepted at juried art shows for several years. The overall design was being judged, but the inspiration for the feature design has to credited to other woodworkers, wood turners and many LJ’s.
The creative process of so many is just wonderful to view; patron, britboxmaker, JL7, spalm, degoose and many others. The discovery process for me was; Can I do this?, How will I incorporate into a finished design.
patron inspired board was scary. Drilling all of those holes, filing with plugs and then cutting, regluing, and cutting again. But what fun along the way. The finished item made me very happy. I learned from this project my old Craftsman drill press is just not up to the tasks of today.
Pic 2. Another patron inspired design. This was also lots of fun, scary, but fun. The open book test showed me how much wood is actually chewed up making three or four kerf cuts.
Pic 3. Mondrain There is no ‘right’ design for this style, just what one creates. The learning lesson is how to master the glue up process. What order does one cut and glue and then glue segments together for final appearance. This design taught me about ‘starving the glue joint’ by applying too much clamping pressure.
Pic 4. End grain and Long grain. This is a neat pattern, mixing end grain and long grain. degoose has done this successfully. This board actually split big time in the end grain portion. The board was given to a instructor to teach students about the difficulty of wood expansion.
Pic 5. Diamonds by britboxmaker. This design was used to make absolutely gorgeous boxes. I requested permission to use design in a cutting board. Thought the design would not be difficult, however there is a lot to determining the glue up of the ‘diamonds’. The open book helped of course.
Inspired by many on this site, requires us to learn new skills, advance our patience and find new swear words. Thanks to all.
-- Skilled craftsman are not cheap, cheap craftsman are not skilled. Bert, Wooster