It’s All in the Eyes

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Project by KoryK posted 07-04-2012 10:55 PM 4150 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking for ideas on the internet and found a picture of this one a couple of months ago and finally decided to make it. The weird thing is the responses I have gotten so far. I made it because my wife always said that when I made an animal she really liked the expression that go into the eyes. I was going for a dog that was begging for something, but the few people I’ve shown it to saw something different. My daughter instantly disliked it because she said it made her sad because it looked like an abused animal (she liked the craftsmanship and the work that went into it). My Mom and Dad said it made them think of a dog that had done something bad and was in trouble. Let me know what yall think.

It is about 1 ½ feet across and 1 foot tall. It is hard to tell from the pictures but I really tried to put some depth in it. It has spacers behind most of the pieces from ¾ inches down to 1/8 inches and ended up being about two inches thick. The wood that made it was cocobolo, babinga, bacote, aspen, ebony, wenge, walnut, butternut, mahogany, yellow heart, ambrosia maple, and koa. No stains were used to achieve the colors and has a satin finish.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 11:41 PM

WOW! I know the time and effort that went into this and all I can say is WOW!

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

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#2 posted 07-05-2012 01:16 AM

The eyes really do capture your attention, well done! It looks like a sad dog to me. If your look at it as two animals I also saw at times what looked like to profile of the heads of two weird bird like creatures.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 07-05-2012 03:29 AM

I have Labradors. Get the sad puppy face a lot. Usually followed by really happy face. Really really nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 07-05-2012 03:51 AM

Awesome work!! My son is a dog person and he sees sad eyes. Actually sad and begging are not that far apart.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 07-05-2012 07:12 AM

They seem sad to me too. But also a little “You’re kidding, you really want me to get off the couch again?
Nice work.

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#6 posted 07-05-2012 11:56 AM

Spectacular work as usual Kory. To me the eyes look a little leery or veiled, but it’s hard to tell without accompanying body language.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 07-05-2012 01:08 PM

I think I’m hypnotized. So realistically beautiful. Wow!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 07-05-2012 01:33 PM

I see sadness. And the craftsmanship is superb!

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#9 posted 07-05-2012 02:02 PM

I think that it looks great but I’m having a hard time deciding what I see when I look at it. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 07-05-2012 02:27 PM

Kory, stefang hit on something. Without being able to see if his mouth is open, panting, tongue hanging out, etc, it’s hard to get a clear picture of the mood. Also, you know what a bloodhound looks and other dogs with baggy skin around the face, they have that sad puppy look to them. This has pieces about the eyes that are bulging, rounded and they can give a baggy look to the area. This may contribute to the sad look.

Great job as ususal.


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#11 posted 07-05-2012 02:41 PM

Well done ,here’s looking at ya. a very cool project.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 07-05-2012 03:49 PM

I’m going with sad or feel sorry for me and go throw the tennis ball now and I’ll be really happy.

Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 07-05-2012 07:42 PM

i love intarsia and love your work. sometimes its better to take such a small piece rather than the whole. i also love eyes—they can say so much, or even peer into your soul. thanks for sharing, truly beautiful job!

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#14 posted 07-06-2012 01:30 PM

Love the composition! I see almost ‘tiger’ eyes…. not the animal really, just that ‘look’ that tigers always seem to have in their eyes…..

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#15 posted 07-07-2012 06:44 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks for Posting!


-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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