Big Live Oak tile in Quartersawn White Oak arts and crafts style display

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Project by Dan'um Style posted 08-06-2009 04:49 AM 2497 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my earliest tile designs.
Framed stoneware tile in bronze finish.
Quartersawn white oak

Finish dark oak dye stain, mahogany oil stain and buttonlac shellac followed by walnut paste wax.

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 /:

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 08-06-2009 04:51 AM

Hey Dan
Outstanding work you have come up with the greatest designs.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 08-06-2009 05:08 AM

Great tile and frame as usual, Dan. I really like the way this one makes me feel like I’m looking through a tunnel.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 08-06-2009 05:14 AM

Bestest frame I have seen in a long time.. loverly work Dan.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 08-06-2009 05:38 AM

Ditto what Larry said!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 08-06-2009 05:44 AM

Went back and looked through some of your other projects. Cool stuff! Nice craftsmanship.

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#6 posted 08-06-2009 06:33 AM

very cool dan

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 08-06-2009 07:28 AM

Cool stuff Dan…......

That really draws the eye in. Massive….....

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

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#8 posted 08-06-2009 12:25 PM

Like the tile, it’s really cosmic looking, but I LOVE the frame! Not that I go to a lot of art galleries, but when I have, I’m always drawn to the tiny paintings with huge frames…The finishes on tile and frame are outstanding, it’s clear that you put a lot of time and thought into selection and application…
On a side note, I worked with a guy years ago who was an artist (painter) and he said that painters have a hard time finding frames for their works and are willing to pay handsomely (small market $$$?). He had a surprise for me though. They’re willing to pay even larger amounts for the frame inside, which is used to stretch the canvas! He said that the canvas stretchers in older paintings today are considered almost an art form in themselves. Store bought ones are standard sizes, cheaply made, and expensive, so most artists make their own, especially if they like to work large, as he did. I watched him make one, and it appeared that whatever creative ability he might show on the canvas did not translate into constructive ability! It was terrible! 2 by 3’s and 4’s, strapping, plywood scraps all nailed together, with no rhyme or reason, into a remotely rectangular shape! Looked like a child’s first effort at tree house building! It made me think that there’s definitely a little money to be made here…(Who’d have thought it?!)
Anyway, Great Work Dan, as usual!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 08-06-2009 02:10 PM

Beautiful! I love the tile design & Frame. Great job, Dan.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 08-06-2009 05:19 PM

That is one of the most creative frames I’ve seen in a long while. Very attractive! Works perfectly with the stoneware tile. Often, I see frames that become visually more important than the art they display! Yours compliments the art perfectly. That’s an art! Well done!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#11 posted 08-06-2009 11:56 PM

Gret looking piece as always Dan! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 08-07-2009 12:16 AM

Dan there is a story of a security guard at a construction site, and every night one of the workers would go out with a wheelbarrow full of straw. The guard would go through the straw to see if he was stealing anything. This went on for months. Finally the job completed and on the last trip out the guard took him aside and said, “I know you are stealing something, I won’t say anything, but what is it.”

“The worker leaned over and said wheelbarrows.

So in looking at your project I’m wondering are you selling tiles or are you a lumber salesman. LOL

Another great job.

-- 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 08-07-2009 01:13 AM

Hey Karson … I’m just having FUN !!!

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

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#14 posted 08-07-2009 03:23 AM

And your fun is beautiful.

-- 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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#15 posted 08-08-2009 06:36 PM

fun is beautiful is sooooooo true…can i steal that as my new signature line???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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