|Project by justoneofme||posted 08-16-2011 06:52 PM||1832 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
Hello all my new Lumberjock friends!
This Marquetry wine box was commissioned for a lover of Harbour Seals … as though you couldn’t guess?! The box was specifically made to house a wine sack … with the spout protruding through the seal’s mouth.
When I first started cutting Marquetry 35 years ago, a thin handled Exacto knife was all I used. But when my first very demanding commission piece came along I needed something better, and revamped an old (motor driven) Singer sewing machine for my needs, replacing the needle with a fine jewellery blade. A bit tricky to get used to, but it worked! As time went on I moved into ‘mass production’ (4 pictures per cut), and bought myself a Dremel Scroll Saw. All the fitted blades had to be ground down in the cutting section to produce a finer cut. The blades broke easily but worked fine. However, I ended up going through 2 of those scroll saws before finally earning enough money to purchase my industrial strength Excalibur Scroll Saw. It’s an everlasting beauty that’s kept me happy for over 25 years!
While it lasted, production work (then cutting up to 12 for larger designs, 24 for the smaller pieces) kept my workshop paying for itself. Combined with furniture repair and refinishing, I was a very content mother, wife and homemaker. Whenever I had to ‘label’ myself back then, I was a Domestic Engineer! Today I confidently call myself a Woodwork Artist!!
Back to the wine box. This wrap around design is cut from Bird’s Eye maple veneer. Many cut edges were dipped in hot silica sand for shading and to enhance outlining, with darker areas of the design lightly stained to give that ‘monochromatic’ effect. To complete the Sealover’s Wine Box, a small piece of driftwood, sand and shells were attached. I have a special spray booth in my workshop and so everything I create has a protective lacquer finish.
Thanks to all those who have welcomed me to Lumberjocks. I am excited to have this kind of communication with fellow woodworking artists, and being part of the ‘crew’!
Cheers … Elaine from Duncan
-- Elaine in Duncan