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Several months ago I sliced a piece of Scouler Willow into veneer and knew it was special, I just didn’t know what for.

Then this week I cut a set of four albatrosses in classic style marquetry and remembered the willow veneers waiting in their drawer. When I put the two together it was an obvious match.

Different people see different things in wood grain, but what I see here is the vagabond of the Southern Ocean cruising low over a breaking sea.

photo #2) The black wing outline being cut from a packet of four black dyed veneers.
photo #3) The assembled marquetry
photo #4) The cutout from the willow field showing removal of some imperfections.
photo #5) The willow with and without shellac.
photo #5) The photo I worked from.

Check out this video of the first coat of blonde shellac being applied to pop the grain:

Thanks for looking.

Comments, critiques and questions are always welcome.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#1 posted 1167 days ago

paul I always love checking your projects…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 1167 days ago

Paul that is a fabulous work of art. I can see the white water at the base of the breaker.The breaker getting ready to fold and curve. The water rushing on top to the fold as well as the white water being pulled up into the fold. Then the albatrosses flying carefree above. Now that is very well designed,executed,and crafted piece of art. Super connection and grain reading!!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#3 posted 1167 days ago


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 1167 days ago

Wow! Paul, your work never ceases to amaze me, absolutlely beautiful.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#5 posted 1167 days ago

Paul, Phyllis says you’re good. I say you are fantastic. Beautiful work.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 1167 days ago

Your work is astounding. Now all you have to do is mail one of these to me to put in the lid of a box. :D

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 1167 days ago

Truely a remarkable piece, very nice craftsmanship. I would love to see you do a detailed blog on it.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 1167 days ago

This is top self. You are inspiring me to give this a shot some day.

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#9 posted 1167 days ago

Thanks everyone

Michael, you have great vision for what many do not see in raw wood. I take your compliment as high praise indeed. Thank you.

Tom, The classic style is about as well documented in my last blog as I have the photos to support.

Thanks again

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#10 posted 1167 days ago

Did you feel a breeze? That was from me clapping. Bravo! You make everything look so easy and that my friend is the sign of a true Master. It is with sheer pleasure that I admire your creativity. Thanks again for making my day…....

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#11 posted 1167 days ago

Beautiful work shipwright, how big are the birds? I’m seeing something like that incorporated into bookends someday.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#12 posted 1166 days ago

Thank you Cathy.

Darrell, These ones are about 5” high but the real thing can have a wingspan of 11’.
This one is likely the smaller Black-Browed albatross, wingspan a mere 7’.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#13 posted 1166 days ago

Wonderful piece. When it all comes together the result is very special. Very nicely done, sir.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#14 posted 1166 days ago


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

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#15 posted 1166 days ago

Dang, that is something to look at.
You really have an eye, and the skills to put it to work.
What fun it is to watch your work proceed.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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