|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 02-25-2016 01:11 AM||1198 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I didn’t know what to call this flavor of ‘wood sculpture’, but the questions of some who’ve seen them has now helped settle that. Comments ranged from ‘What the hell is that thing, anyway?’, and ‘What’s it for, anyway?’, to ‘Yeah but, what’s it do anyway?’. There were possibly some other terms used too which may not be fit for a genteel publication, so I won’t repeat them here.
After giving some thought to it, I’ve decided to call these things “WIDA’s”, my new acronym for “What’s It Do Anyway?”
I have made several of these WIDA’s now and viewers seem to like them. They are made by combining bits and pieces leftover from other projects and there is a little bit of everything in them. This one has mahogany, oak, walnut, padauk, maple, pine and bits and pieces of other things too. The frame is rosewood and the overall finish is marine varnish. I save my interesting leftovers (if they are good stock) and then make a WIDA out of them when I have time and motivation. Taking an assortment of pieces I try laying them out and re-arranging them until the arrangement seems pleasing and right to me. This one took the better part of two days off and on between other things before it hit that sweet spot. I then take a picture and begin the process of finishing the pieces before I put it all together permanently using the picture as my guide. I like the composition to work with the leftovers I have on hand and try not to make any parts especially for the piece. Besides the frame, there is only one piece made specially for this one.
These are fun to make, make great gifts, and can be oriented for display anyway one chooses.
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