Red Star goes Warhol

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Some of you may remember the Red Star Kim box I posted 56 days ago.

This wall hanging is my re-interpretation of the Red Star in the style of Andy Warhol, originally used for his portraits of Marilyn Monroe.

Materials are Sycamore, Steamed Pear, Padauk, Purpleheart and Ebony with an Ebony border, all on a 4.5mm Birch ply backing. Finish is the usual sanding sealer and Organoil wax. Size is approx. 185×175 x 8 mm.

You may notice a small step left in the centre border of the lower row. This bothers me too, especially as I cut the material for all four stars at the same time.

The Star construction is blogged here

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 06-27-2010 01:27 PM

This is really incredible, Martyn. It shows such a great amount of precision. You really make me want to try stuff like this! It is absolutely beautiful!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 01:30 PM

Neat.! You would have to take some closeups of the step… because it’s not terribly visible to the naked eye ;)

Your work is very creative – always giving me ideas…

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#3 posted 06-27-2010 01:37 PM

Solid work again… very precise..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 02:02 PM

Oh you are so right Matryn, that step totally detracts from the entire piece. Tell ya what buddy ol’ pal of mine, I will allow you to send me the piece so you woun’t have to see it, after all what are friends for?

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 02:06 PM

I can’t help it.
I’m a perfectionist.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 06-27-2010 02:06 PM

Beautiful grain pattern. Martyn strikes again. Do you golf? With that precision, you would probably stick the green every time!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#7 posted 06-27-2010 02:07 PM

Nice one Martyn. Really, really nice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 06-27-2010 02:56 PM

Great work Martyn. I especially liked that step you put in the bottom middle line, very arty. If you don’t like it just have another beer and after enough of them you won’t give it a second thought!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-27-2010 05:31 PM

Good work Martyn, Just consider the step as trick photography and let it be! If you had not mentioned it, I would have never noticed it. How about doing this, next time you do a lil screw-up (on purpose or otherwise);-) don’t say anything and see if anybody notices? I’ll bet (normally) very few people notices but now that this subject is out in the post maybe everyone will now scrutinize your pieces? Another thought, you could just put this lovely piece on the wall next to the other masterpiece!!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 06-27-2010 05:36 PM

Only you would have such an effaces on detail…WOW!

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

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#11 posted 06-27-2010 06:43 PM

Very nice Martyn like allways…....

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Mary Anne

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#12 posted 06-27-2010 07:14 PM

Impressive as always. I especially like your attention to the angle of the grain in making the stars.

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#13 posted 06-28-2010 01:11 AM

Great work as always Martyn. I like your interpretations of painters in wood. Let’s see, you covered Warhol and Escher, Neoplasticism, what next? Would be interesting to see you take on Surrealism. Perhaps a melting box?

Thank you for sharing your fine work.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#14 posted 06-28-2010 12:44 PM

not to worry , martyn ,

with only 20,000 members ,
no body will notice !

your secret is safe .

beautiful !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 06-28-2010 01:10 PM

Thank you all for the positive feedback. I do worry about nothing sometimes.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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