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Project by doug_w posted 738 days ago 1385 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are two versions of this cutting of my grandaugther in her “Tiki” dance costume. The left one is on plain soft maple, the right one is on tiger maple. My wife prefers the plain maple one because “the business of the wood detracts from the cutting”. I prefer the tiger maple one because: first I think the tiger maple adds to the motif of the portrait, and second, I love the wood. I am asking you which you like better – don’t worry, I haven’t told her I am soliciting anyone and, if I win, I probably won’t tell her.

The other pictures are of the photo that I made the template from and details of the eyes and feathers, which were a bit of a feat.

Thanks for your comments.

-- Doug, Georgia





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Cozmo35

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#1 posted 738 days ago

I like the soft maple. AWESOME pattern!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 738 days ago

I like the tiger maple because the wood is lighter in color and the “portrait” stands out more…..at least it does to me.

You did a GREAT job on this. Very very good!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 738 days ago

Sorry, I agree with your wife. But awesome job on the portrait.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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KnotCurser

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#4 posted 738 days ago

I love both of these – I have to say you NAILED the pattern!

If I had to pick I would choose the soft maple as it is the more plain of the two. With this type of cutting you don’t want to be drawn to the wood when the pattern is what you want the viewer to see.

That’s my 2 cents, for what it’s worth. :-)

Great job!!!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Kelen

270 posts in 976 days


#5 posted 738 days ago

I like the one on the right, has a little more character it looks like.

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rance

4125 posts in 1744 days


#6 posted 738 days ago

+1 what KnotCurser said, and for the same reasons. You saved me some typing too.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Woodenwizard

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#7 posted 738 days ago

Great job! I like the soft maple.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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crashn

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#8 posted 737 days ago

soft maple on the left is my favorite. The portrait stands out better, less busy looking than the tiger maple on the right

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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Pdub

886 posts in 1764 days


#9 posted 737 days ago

I like the tiger maple, but that may be because I like the board better. Either way, they both look Great. You did an amazing job on them!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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Gerben

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#10 posted 737 days ago

Great job on creating the pattern.

Sorry, but I like the plain maple better. The tiger is a bit to distracting.
Also the the face on the right, to me, seems to look a bit angry, which is weird because the pattern is the same.

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Bertha

12951 posts in 1277 days


#11 posted 737 days ago

I think I like the soft maple as well. You’re a very talented scroller.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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GrandpaLen

1436 posts in 856 days


#12 posted 737 days ago

They’re both Beautiful.

You MUST be a youngster or you would know better than to put us in the middle of that vote,
with a wife involved. :-/

...and what a shame, he woulda’ been 29 on his next birthday. ;-) – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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mpounders

707 posts in 1479 days


#13 posted 737 days ago

Sorry! I gotta vote for the soft maple….too much grain on the other!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 737 days ago

When I look at the one with the plain soft maple I am drawn immediately to the pattern. When I look at the other I’m drawn to the wood. I agree with your wife.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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MontanaBob

417 posts in 1268 days


#15 posted 737 days ago

The one without the grain…Now I can go read what everyone else said….

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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