|Project by Betsy||posted 06-22-2016 01:46 AM||3638 views||0 times favorited||30 comments|
i usually don’t’ post projects that I’m not close to 100% happy with but I’ve been vacillating on these two boards.
The first board is maple and walnut. I had a small amount of some In Lace so I decided to try it in the “defect” in the maple. On it’s own with no walnut trim it looks okay. I knew I had to add some contrast to the board – but I’m not sure if I did the right thing. The maple board was 14” to start with – I thought about cutting it down to about 6”. I finally decided to add the walnut trim and see how it looks to decide if I should cut the length of it down. The final board is 6.5” x 14”. Now I’m thinking I really should have made the board shorter – but once I have a finish on a board I hesitate to change it. I thought about also adding more edge boards to make it wider but opted not to. Then there is the trim and how I decided it’s width – I admit that it was haphazard at best. Long and short I’m torn if it’s a good enough board to take to a show. I am one who won’t take a board to a show if i don’t at least like it – I know that’s foolish – certainly someone will like it enough to buy it – but still I hesitate to take it. What is your opinion?
The second board I’ve not liked from the start – it actually looked better before I added the finish. It’s size is 8.5×11. I’ve shown it to several friends and as friends do, I could not get a firm opinion on what they thought. Drives me crazy but sometimes friends are the worst ones to get an honest opinion from. The board is again, maple and walnut. The outside 5 pieces on either side of the middle strip are equally sized and I like that part of the board. The middle strip is a left over from an end grain board. I had several pieces to chose from and I thought the uneven sizes of the alternating board I picked was pleasing. Now I’m thinking the middle board blows the symmetry/balance of the side boards. I’m not a real hard core, everything has to be balanced gal – but I think I went too far past symmetry on this one. What is your opinion?
I really would appreciate some criticism on these – I’m trying to branch my “style” a little past sedate and these two may be too far past sedate.
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine