Kokopelli Saxist Skeleton

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Project by Tribalwind posted 06-26-2010 08:49 PM 2642 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i made this piece specifically for a group art exhibit currently showing (6/24-7/3) in Long Beach Library (NY)
the theme was “Blues” in honor of the Blues & Arts Festival for which the exhibit is a part of…
done obviously on a scroll saw. this was kinda trick weilding this 3 foot long piece around…

it’s made of Bradford pear. and ornamental street-tree that was in front of my house until half split off during a wind-storm in march.the other half came down 2 months later and the town rightly deemed it unsafely to leave standing. i made sure to retain ALL the trunk to chainsaw-mill into flat lumber, and all branches over 1” thick to use for my flutes.

anyhow, enjoy !

here is a video of it being made…

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#1 posted 06-26-2010 11:15 PM

Matthew, This is absolutely AWESOME!! By chance, would you mind sharing the pattern with a fellow scroller?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 06-26-2010 11:49 PM

Very cool work

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#3 posted 06-26-2010 11:51 PM

Quite impressive. Where I live there are many renditions of the Kokopelli but nothing close to yours. I have several around the house, but yours intrigues me. Incredible work.

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 12:49 AM

This is very cool. Nice work. I bought an 18” Dremel scrollsaw about 5 months ago. Tried my hand at making puzzle pieces, and realized that I need more practise. After seeing this, I want to take it back out again. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 05:15 PM

Very cool, never thought of doing a piece like this. Now I want to give it a try.

Pete – Lone Tree Creations

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#6 posted 06-28-2010 05:14 PM

I know you used wood as a medium, but that is quite metal!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#7 posted 06-28-2010 08:43 PM

Great job, kokopelli’s rock

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 06-30-2010 05:41 AM

That is great!

-- Scott

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#9 posted 06-30-2010 08:46 AM

Matthew, what type of blade are you using? (it seems a blade different from what I’m used to)

-- Antonio

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#10 posted 01-22-2011 06:35 AM

Very impressive piece! I would also like to know if a pattern is available. My husband plays the sax and is always pointing out Kokopelli for my flute playing. Keep up the impressive work.

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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