|Project by shipwright||posted 01-30-2012 09:47 PM||8327 views||7 times favorited||76 comments|
Man, this one took a lot of hours !! All is well though as I got it done in time…. just.
A video is worth a few thousand words here so please watch and I hope I make you smile.
This is obviously a toy to be used with some degree of parental supervision, but should keep any child (and maybe some parents too) amused watching, manipulating the panels, finding matches in different ways.
On the simplest level it’s just a Jack (Jock) in the Box with some parts you can move around. The ribbons will always line up. Then you (sorry, your child) can try to get all the colors to match, or all the grains, or both.
There are only two ways to assemble the panels where all the background grains and colors will match and no picture will be showing twice. I think that means that there are 30 ways to get it wrong, but I’m not a mathematician.
All gluing is done with hide glue (edible if not tasty) and the finish is shellac (same) so when the child tires of playing with it he / she can eat it.
Photo #2 shows the eight marquetry pieces used for the side panels. They are set in four different backgrounds with two identical backgrounds of each type, made from adjacent sequenced veneers.
The last photo shows why the hinge is offset, to allow removal of the back panel.
My wife, Elinor gets credit for the monogrammed Lumberjock outfit and also for pointing out to me as I was painting the puppet head that it seemed to be a self portrait.
I’ll let you be the judge…............. It wasn’t intentional.
There’s a Picasa web album here if you want the whole story.
Thanks for looking in. I hope I made you smile.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/