rustic wall hanging

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Project by michelletwo posted 04-27-2011 11:43 AM 1853 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Walnut, about 10 inches. I am of many minds on this piece. I wanted something rustic and geometric. With all the nooks and crannies, it was a sanding nightmare. I wanted it to be more “craggy”, but I’m afraid to mess it up at this stage. I also want to change the middle piece to something repetitive of the main body. But for today, I’m glad it’s done. I once read: to be a good artist, one must know when to stop. Hmm…..

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 04-27-2011 01:38 PM

The lines are a bit clean and neat to be what I would call “rustic”, but please don’t take that as a negative. I think the piece is absolutely beautiful. It reminds me more of something that is modern/contemporary.

Sometimes, when designing, I wind up with something very different from what I initially envisioned. That doesn’t mean it is not good, it just means that it is not what I originally planned it to be. Some of my nicest pieces came about this way. I think that this is an outstanding piece. It is something that you can be really proud of. I think you stopped right at the proper time. :)

Wonderful work!


-- 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 04-27-2011 02:42 PM

Wow… that is really neat. You definitely like to sand more than I.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 04-27-2011 02:57 PM

A very cool piece! I like your idea of trying to incorporate rustic and geometric. Not an easy task.

I have used sanding mops that can get into nooks and crannies and round off hard edges. The longer and thinner cut of the flaps, the softer the abraision and also they come in various grits. The sanding mop will also abraise the softer grain deeper than the harder layer, so you get a rustic, weathered texture of the wood. It’s a subtle difference, but interesting result.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 04-27-2011 03:10 PM

That’s a nice one, Michelle. I know how you feel, sometimes I’m done with a project before it’s done. On others, I don’t want to stop.

I think the contrast in the center looks good.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#5 posted 04-27-2011 03:13 PM

Nice wall hanging, Michelle. I do like the center piece… copper always goes with ‘rustic’.


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#6 posted 04-27-2011 03:59 PM

thanks all:
mmh: thanks for the mop info..but after getting perfect edges all around, i did not want to round them. Originally I thought I’d go rustic as I figured on the end grain/cross grain areas I’d blow a few edges to the pattern. When I didn’t I became very possesive of those sharp corners! If I had sandblasting equip. I’d do some bleaching and blasting, but maybe someday.
BarbS yep I concur..they do go well together

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Glen Peterson

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#7 posted 04-27-2011 08:46 PM

I really like your scuptural turnings. I’ve gone and looked at all of your projects and they’re just great. I’ve done lots of turning, but I’ve never made anything like your wall hangings. I’d like to give it a try. Do you have any interest in posting a blog showing your methods? Thanks for posting.

-- Glen

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#8 posted 04-27-2011 09:11 PM

Hi Glen, thanks for your comments and interest. i cannot do a blog with tons of pics as i only have dial-up..but i did a very short tutorial at the Sawmill Creek forums under the name michelle Rich. i believe it was entitled “A tutorial on 5 center turnings” or something like that. You should be able to search for it.

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#9 posted 04-27-2011 09:38 PM

Beautiful turning, love the textures and the copper center. I wouldn’t change a thing.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 04-28-2011 01:47 AM

Wow! At first glance, I was thinking it was done with a router. This is an excellent geometrical form of art. Thanks for posting. Someday there will be of different colors in it that will add into my to do list. The center piece is alright as it adds contrast to it. Let it be there. Thanks for posting.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 04-28-2011 06:15 AM

Another absolute gem! I hope you never stop! The inspiration and wonder your pieces give keep us all waiting for the next one! :)

-- EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere. I measured, I marked, I cut. Latin instructions for firewood.

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