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Project by drawninstone posted 12-15-2016 03:29 PM 1403 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given a pair of old bar stools by customer and asked if I could “save” them. They were in pretty tough shape and had, at some point in their life, been given a haphazard and unfortunate coat of stain (far more “Molting Hyena” than “Dark Walnut”). Normally I build everything that I do inlays in – but I couldn’t resist the challenge of trying to save these stools.
Much (much, much, much) sanding, routering, inlaying and more sanding later, this is the result. The customer wanted one panfish on one and “something else lake-ish” on the other. All of the inlays are done with just the naturally occurring color in the stone. It’s hard to see in the pictures – but the stone in the bluegill and the stone in the dragonfly wings are naturally iridescent – so they change depending on the light.

-- Darci, http://www.drawninstone.com





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NotaJock

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#1 posted 12-15-2016 05:12 PM

This is impressive.
Is it done with crumbled stone rather like a sand painting?
Tnen epoxied?
Outstanding however it was done,
Bravo.

-- Mike in SoCal

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drawninstone

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#2 posted 12-15-2016 05:53 PM

I use various sizes of crushed stone. I place the large pieces individually with tweezers to get the exact color fades I want, glue (ca glue not epoxy) and then repeat with finer and finer grades of stone until there are no more voids to fill.

-- Darci, http://www.drawninstone.com

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#3 posted 12-15-2016 06:05 PM

These are awesome, thanks for sharing

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#4 posted 12-15-2016 10:10 PM

Nice stuff.
I looked at your website and Facebook page. I really like the floor-work images. When you sand down the stone are you using standard sand paper or something more rugged?
BJ

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#5 posted 12-16-2016 02:55 AM

Love these. I’ve got to learn to do that stone inlay thing. Beautiful!

-- tel

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#6 posted 12-16-2016 11:56 AM

Now those are really outstanding…

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drawninstone

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#7 posted 12-16-2016 12:24 PM



Nice stuff.
I looked at your website and Facebook page. I really like the floor-work images. When you sand down the stone are you using standard sand paper or something more rugged?
BJ

- BJODay

Thanks! Glad you like my stuff! I’m using regular sandpaper and either a belt sander, an orbital sander or a palm sander – depending on which stage of the process I’m at and what types of stone I’m using.

-- Darci, http://www.drawninstone.com

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#8 posted 12-16-2016 02:07 PM

Those are beautiful pieces. I love the technique and this gives me an idea of a variation of your style to add a symbol to a bowl i am carving from mesquite as a gift for our minister. I am 72 and started carving about a year ago and really enjoy making sawdust.

-- Robert

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#9 posted 12-16-2016 02:09 PM

These barstool tops are so outstanding.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#10 posted 12-16-2016 02:42 PM

Absolutely love them. Beautiful work

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#11 posted 12-16-2016 03:04 PM

Wow, truly awesome. I have never seen this done before. Extremely impressed.

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 12-16-2016 05:01 PM

Awesome work, you realy added lot of value to them.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 12-20-2016 09:46 AM

Now that’s some skill.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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