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Project by Alexander Valle-Albert posted 10-08-2011 05:03 PM 2330 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi people,

After I posted here a Lignum Vitae mortar a couple of days ago, a fellow woodworker send me a PM asking me to post here this piece… I have posted it in others forums…so, some of you may probably have seen it… but almost sure others don’t. It is Lignum Vitae decorated with others 9 very dense and rare woods from the Caribbean. It is 63” tall and 25” wide; made of solid genuine lignum vitae and the weight of the piece is 97 pounds. It took me over 1,300 hours to complete and two and a half years of part-time work. The finish is Danish Oil and dark brown wax.
As you will probably see, it has some Islamic and Baroque influence… especially Bargueño style decoration (to see some Spanish Bargeños examples, click this link: http://www.elbargueniotoledano.com/ ).

BTW, not all my woodworking is like this piece… but sometimes it is fun to make something really different and challenging.

Thanks for looking and any comment would be appreciate.

Alexander





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Charles Maxwell

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#1 posted 10-08-2011 05:21 PM

I’m humbled!

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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hairy

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#2 posted 10-08-2011 05:52 PM

Amazing! Thanks for showing it.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#3 posted 10-08-2011 05:52 PM

It is BEAUTIFUL

-- I just don't understand. I have cut it 3 times and it is still to short.

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#4 posted 10-08-2011 07:29 PM

What a beautiful piece! Thanks for sharing, Alexander.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#5 posted 10-08-2011 07:40 PM

That is something to be proud of,the patience it must have taken to complete without hurrying…awesome.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#6 posted 10-08-2011 07:53 PM

A Beautiful Masterpiece! Bravo!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 10-08-2011 09:04 PM

Wonderful detail and artistry. An extremely fine piece of work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#8 posted 10-08-2011 10:28 PM

You are in a league of your own. Never seen anything like it.

-- Billp

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#9 posted 10-08-2011 11:55 PM

Almost never seen anything like it.

Almost.

Only in museums. Wow.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#10 posted 10-09-2011 12:38 AM

Thanks you guys for your kind words.

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#11 posted 10-09-2011 02:33 AM

That is amazing!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 10-24-2011 12:02 AM

As a Bahamian, Lignum Vitae is very near and dear to my heart… This is a beautiful way of honouring the “king” of woods. I salute you!

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#13 posted 10-24-2011 02:02 AM

What a marvelous piece! Your workmanship is impeccable and I can see only perfection in the whole piece! Exceedingly well done!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 01-16-2012 04:40 AM

That’s really fabulous. Very different from anything I’ve seen so far.

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#15 posted 11-10-2013 03:33 PM

Wow that’s beautiful!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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