Another look into my Haunted Forest

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Project by Dan'um Style posted 07-01-2007 06:32 AM 2963 views 14 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Artists always sell their best work & these framed tile display are sold .. . but are available by special order

Framed stoneware tile frieze in bronze finish.
Quartersawn white oak.
All my tiles start as mahogany relief woodcarvings,then … made into plaster molds, pressed stoneware clay and kiln fired to 2375

Bronze acid patina finish is produced similar to “David Marks” DIY techniques . I use a combination of materials but a good place to start is /:

finish on the qswo is another fun process.

1) sand to 120 grit. Sprtiz with water and sand to 150.

2) golden oak achohol aniline dye stain … mixed really really stout … nearly black. apply with brush. even-out with rag. multiple coats until the grain is hidden.

3) Minwax red mahogany stain (sometimes mixed with a little ebony and cherry oil disolvable powder stain). Apply oil stain mixture thickly with bush. While oil stain is still wet, rub with fine steel wool or beartex. Rub hard and count to ten. Avoid corners etc. Wipe with rag to reveal highlighted grain. Rub some more and add another coat of oil stain mixture. Wipe off with rag. Rub more if needed. wipe with rag. Let dry about 24hrs.

4) Rag on a coat of Minwax poly satin. Let dry few hours.

5) Rag on a coat of General finishes Armorseal satin. let dry 24hrs.

6) French polish with garnet shellac. Couple coats. Let dry for a couple hours.

7) Walnut Paste wax.

All works of quality must bear a price in proportion to the skill, time expense and risk attending to their invention and manufacture. Those things called dear, are, when justly estimated, the cheapest. They are attended with much less profit to the artist then those things which everbody calls cheap.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#1 posted 07-01-2007 07:58 AM

Dan -

This is really beautiful work! What incredible talent. I would like hearing more about your tiles, as well as, seeing more of your work. This is true artwork!


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#2 posted 07-01-2007 09:12 AM

Dan, stunning work. The Arts & Crafts style has a big following here, and if this is representative of your work, then you will stand amongst our honored craftspersons.

I’ll echo David’s sentiments when I state that much more process detail would be appreciated. But just getting to see these masterpieces is reward enough.


-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 07-01-2007 04:07 PM

Beautiful. I agree with Don lots of folks here (including myself) really like Arts and Crafts. Looking forward to seeing some more.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 07-01-2007 05:06 PM

Stunning work….Great job. What did you use to stain the wood? It is a beautiful peice of work.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#5 posted 07-01-2007 05:30 PM

Great craftsmanship, great Oak.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 07-01-2007 06:20 PM

very nice work and I love the presentation as well!

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dennis mitchell

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#7 posted 07-01-2007 07:33 PM

That is some great looking work!

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#8 posted 07-01-2007 08:28 PM

How did you do that? The forest is beautiful.

-- John

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 07-02-2007 01:43 AM

This is the kind of thing that really lights my fire! I am interested in the mixed media approach and love the idea of doing the tiles. I have had an idea floating through my head for over twenty years now, and this is as close to seeing someone approach the benchmark of cerebral perfection that occurs in my conception phase (before the little changes that come about on the way to becoming a concrete object – boxed in by my skill level and tool access).

This is museum quality stuff, Dan. Bravo!

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

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Bob Babcock

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#10 posted 07-02-2007 05:10 AM

I’m speechless….and that’s saying something….:) Beautiful!

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#11 posted 07-02-2007 11:55 PM


-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 07-03-2007 05:18 AM

Dan great craftsmanship.

I also would like to hear more about the process.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 07-03-2007 05:51 AM

Fantastic. I love mixed media pieces, these especially…

not to sound like a broken record or anything, but it a picture is worth a thousand words.. you owe us a little bit more on the behind the scenes story of making these pieces. Beautiful work. Do you reuse the carvings, or do something with them after the tiles are made?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#14 posted 07-03-2007 03:05 PM

ah… WOW.
The power of this piece cannot be put into words.
saying that “I love it” doesn’t come close either!
I am in awe

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 07-11-2007 11:30 PM

Beautiful! These are my favorites.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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