The Grinning Gator

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Project by Allison posted 03-31-2008 02:59 AM 2285 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am posting these gators (there’s another one when clicked on) because of a question that eagle just asked me regarding the difference between intarsia patterns and stained glass patterns. These gators are considered segmentation. A pattern cut from 1 piece of wood and then stained or painted for the color you are looking for. I normally don’t have as much fun with segmentation but I truly did have fun with this one. It is the only thing I have ever made that I and turned right around and made another.
The “Grinning Gator” is what Deborah Nicholson has named this pattern, which is in the March 2007 issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts. I made this gator for my father for Christmas 2 years ago and I had sooo much fun making it that when his was done I turned right around and made one for myself. As you can see my father’s is outside of his home in southern ca. Mine however would be covered in snow. So since I did make myself one I had no clue what to do with it and then the answer was given to me when my coat rack at my house busted. I just hung up the gator and put some hooks below it and I now call it my coat rack! Wa! La! I like my fathers better.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 03-31-2008 03:03 AM

wow that is a cool pattern. i can see why you just had to make one for yourself. thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 03-31-2008 03:07 AM

Hi Allison,

Another nice post. These are interesting pieces but I like yours better. Thanks for the info and the story behind the alligators as well,

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-31-2008 07:07 AM

Allison, I think these are super. At first glance I thought that was a real gator under the little table, it has a 3D effect. Really nice effect, are the ones on the wall made the same way, and then painted…...your brother in woodworking John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#4 posted 03-31-2008 11:25 AM

Now Allison I thought it was only crocs that grinned, now the gators have caught the virus. Very nice work.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 03-31-2008 11:47 AM

How long is it?

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#6 posted 03-31-2008 04:37 PM

Thats very nice and would fit well where I live in Florida, I just finish a bunnie and the gators would fit right in.
thanks for the post and the great idea.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#7 posted 04-01-2008 06:26 AM

Those are pretty cool. Nice finish also.

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

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#8 posted 04-01-2008 12:41 PM

Now they are really nice. Good job Allison.

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#9 posted 04-03-2008 07:09 AM

That’s not one of those lake Almanor gators is it?

Nice job! I like the scales. You could prolly use the same pattern in stained glass.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#10 posted 09-14-2008 01:52 PM

Thanks to “Roll the Dice’ I was able to see this really cool piece of art as I had missed it previously.

Nice work Allison.

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#11 posted 11-13-2009 04:41 PM

Awesome! I love gators. What kind of wood, and what did you use for the eye on yours?

-- Cheers and God Bless

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