Ancient Stump #2 Stone Inlay

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 1044 days ago 1995 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, this piece is the second in a series using cherry crotch “sisters” that I sawed from the same blank (see Ancient Stump #1). This blank is in the shape of a cabochon, so there is no rim of any kind. I have decided I really like the form for doing this sort of inlay. I also experimented with adding two dyes along a grain line to suggest a horizon (the third pic shows the unfinished blank before dyeing). The inlay has a base of black biotite with gold foil interspersed. I selected the stones to allow the gold foil to shine through them (the raw stones are shown in the last pic). The stones are a mix of magenta fluorite, calcite of various colors, anthracite, and mica. The leaves are pure copper foil and placed to suggest an autumn wind. The finish is a tung oil wiping varnish, followed by the Beall system to polish the stones and wood background to near mirror finish. All commentary welcome!

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

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#1 posted 1044 days ago

Another nice job with this one, you certainly have this technique down to a fine art, well done :)

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

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#2 posted 1044 days ago

This is a very beautiful work of art! I love it.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 1044 days ago


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

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#4 posted 1044 days ago

Amazing! This is a gorgeous piece!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 1044 days ago

This is stunning, I love it! Beautiful job :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#6 posted 817 days ago

This one is [SOLD] to a patron of the Greenville Artists Guild Gallery

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

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