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Project by llwynog posted 1182 days ago 2276 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a simple project with almost no joinery, basically just a sculpting project.

This was a request from my wife to have a nice bar on the wall to display antique kimono belts.

The wood is walnut.

In order to sculpt the anthers and filaments on the flowers I used a clever trick I learned online from netsuke carvers.
Before I reached the final depth of the petals, I punched the anthers and filaments shapes in the wood with some fancy metal punches (OK, just old ground nails…). Then I just continued to cut away the wood until I reached the level of the punched parts. Finally, a little boiling water on a rag and the compressed wood sprang back to its former thickness, making the flower’s reproductive organs pop out. I found this to be a very neat trick.

2011 May 7th Edit : as per Jamie request, uploaded 2 pictures of the hanging bar in use. The decorative samurai armor model is displayed on May 5th for the children festival and I did not take it out yet.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather





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robbinscabin

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#1 posted 1182 days ago

Absolutely Beautiful! Like all your work! Great Job!

-- Robbinscabin, www.facebook.com/northcountryrustics

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murch

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#2 posted 1182 days ago

Grand piece of carving.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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llwynog

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#3 posted 1182 days ago

Thank you, it was the first time I tried to sculpt something with more volume than bas-relief.
The flowers are a little bit chunky and not too delicate but my wife likes them because they look like traditional Japanese sweets which have the shape of flowers.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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Jeff

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#4 posted 1182 days ago

That is gorgeous! I’m assuming that it is all one piece? I realize the brackets are not, but just the main bar?

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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llwynog

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#5 posted 1182 days ago

Yes Jeff, this is all 1 piece except for the brackets. and I even managed not to break anything while sculpting it which to me is the major feat. Walnut is really a great wood to sculpt.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 1181 days ago

Very nice, nice carving detail.
The finish is great gives a bit of age which I would imagine
will set the belt display off.

Do you have a picture of it in use?

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 1181 days ago

That really sets the belt off.

The carving compliments the belt

Thank You
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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BigTiny

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#8 posted 1180 days ago

Any obi would be proud to hang on this!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Wiggy

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#9 posted 1135 days ago

Usefulness, gracefully accented with beauty.
Great job.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard/Wiggy.. whatever. Washington, State.

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ralbuck

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#10 posted 58 days ago

Great job!

Even can be a fantastic towel rack!

-- just rjR

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