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"Ancient Stump #1" Stone Inlay in Cherry Crotch

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 1059 days ago 2203 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always loved the look of stark, ancient trees that (typically) are standing alone in a field, slowly but gracefully decaying. There are many here in SC that have been standing vigil for a long long time. This piece, and the one still in the shop, are the result of some study. The wood is Cherry Crotch-wood. The inlay rim is red and yellow calcite over a gilded base. The stump is biotite with purple fluorite, red calcite, gold leaf, and anthracite.

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





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RogerBean

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#1 posted 1059 days ago

Really nice piece. You never fail to amaze me. Gorgeous work.
Roger

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

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toyguy

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#2 posted 1059 days ago

stunning…...

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 1059 days ago

Very nice, like the color as well as the inlay! well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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peteg

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#4 posted 1059 days ago

Wow, you have done a realy nice job on this one, love that inlay :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1059 days ago

Awesome!! Where do you get the pattern? Natural flaw in the wood?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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rayn

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#6 posted 1059 days ago

Great work .....An artistitic accomplishment

-- Ray,Iowa

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lanwater

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#7 posted 1059 days ago

It looks great.

It looks natural; the placement is continous.

Nice flow.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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jockmike2

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#8 posted 1058 days ago

Nice homage to Stephan Hatcher. He is absolutely the best at this, if you haven’t seen his work you need to. Nice job. Beautiful.

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

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swirlsandburls

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#9 posted 1058 days ago

Hi all, thanks for the comments. Back to Topamax, the designs are always my own, I usually sketch them on a printed photo of the blank and draw them freehand onto the blank. After many adjustments, I start the dremel carving. To Jockmike, yes, Stephan Hatcher continues to inspire the work I am producing. I agree that he is at the pinnacle of this particular art form. I am looking at ways to branch out from his “style” (pun intended) to offer my humble work as additions to the overall body of work in this genre.

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 1058 days ago

You seem to have a talent for it ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Arlin Eastman

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#11 posted 1058 days ago

Very nicely done. I have seen the same thing in a Woodturning magazine and they are just wonderful. However, yours are just differant and unique.
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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sedcokid

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#12 posted 1058 days ago

Excellent!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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