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Project by doug_w posted 07-02-2012 10:36 PM 2174 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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#1 posted 07-02-2012 11:13 PM

I like the soft maple. AWESOME pattern!

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

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#2 posted 07-02-2012 11:46 PM

I like the tiger maple because the wood is lighter in color and the “portrait” stands out more… 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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#3 posted 07-03-2012 12:04 AM

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

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 12:32 AM

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!!!


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#5 posted 07-03-2012 01:49 AM

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

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#6 posted 07-03-2012 02:02 AM

+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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#7 posted 07-03-2012 03:00 AM

Great job! I like the soft maple.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#8 posted 07-03-2012 01:56 PM

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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#9 posted 07-03-2012 04:02 PM

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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#10 posted 07-03-2012 04:20 PM

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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#11 posted 07-03-2012 04:22 PM

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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#12 posted 07-03-2012 07:21 PM

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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#13 posted 07-03-2012 07:40 PM

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

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#14 posted 07-03-2012 08:17 PM

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

-- 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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#15 posted 07-03-2012 09:40 PM

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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