Stone Inlay, Birches #2 on Walnut

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 08-02-2011 08:47 PM 5536 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to do another birch tree inlay, using more refined stones for the bark. I decided that the white marble trunks would be dramatic against a dark background, so I chose a piece of walnut I had around for a couple of years.

As you can see, the branches are finer than the last time, and the root sections better defined (at least I think so, anyway!).

I added bits of sulfur to the malachite leaves, and the leaves in general are actually less defined than before, to give a more impressionistic effect. The “frame” is green calcite over a gilded base. the piece is about 11 1/2 ” in diameter. Your comments are welcomed!

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#1 posted 08-02-2011 08:58 PM

My, my. That is really nice.

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

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#2 posted 08-02-2011 09:04 PM

That is great looking. Nice artistic touch.

-- Billp

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#3 posted 08-02-2011 09:10 PM

very attractive. ( Haveyou seen inlayed stone work by a fella named Steven Hatcher?? He does gorgeous stuff.) nice layout & use of the walnut grain

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#4 posted 08-02-2011 09:34 PM

This is some nice stuff… I’ll have to try some marble.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#5 posted 08-02-2011 09:41 PM

This is beautiful. I love the background as much as the inlay. Nicely done.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#6 posted 08-02-2011 10:11 PM

Fantastic artistry!!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#7 posted 08-02-2011 10:28 PM

This is fantastic! I love your works. What kind of glue are you using to hold the inlay stones in?

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 08-02-2011 10:38 PM

Thanks for the kind comments: I typically buy my minerals at Dixie Gem (nearby) but they buy from all over, so I am unsure of the origin of the calcite. I use thin CA glue as the basic binder/glue. I have found I like the Klingspor’s brand the best overall, especially the aerosol accelerator. Much easier to control than pumps.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#9 posted 08-03-2011 01:10 AM

Really nice. I liked the first one a lot, but it’s easy to see how you have been able to refine it. I like this one even more

Great work

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

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#10 posted 08-03-2011 03:44 AM

This one is way out there!! It is Outstanding!! You are so talented!!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#11 posted 08-03-2011 11:35 AM

Beautiful job !! : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 08-03-2011 12:32 PM

Hats off to you my friend…....... This piece is outstanding.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#13 posted 08-04-2011 03:31 AM

WOW, That is way cool, the Artistry is over the top, technique must be very complicated to achieve such a beautiful result, just absolutely outstanding, eye candy for sure, thank You for sharing this with us

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#14 posted 08-04-2011 04:11 AM

Very beautiful!

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

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#15 posted 08-04-2011 04:26 AM

Even better than the last. I love how the birch trunks came out. Nice composition.


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