A portrait I did for some friends

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Project by TripleB posted 07-16-2012 03:32 AM 1235 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did this portrait late last year, just didn’t post it. I’m starting to get away from doing portraits now, guess they get boring after a while. I’m working on my first Intarsia project and I have to say, it’s really fun, except for all the sanding! But one has to take the good with the bad. If it comes out somewhat decent, maybe I’ll forage up enough courage to post it here. In the meantime I will start posting more of the work I have already finished, but have been very bad at posting here!

Oh this portrait was cut out of 1/4” maple, with a plexiglass backer. The frame was supplied by them, they liked it and I didn’t have to make one, so I guess I made out on that deal!

Sorry for neglecting my duties,


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#1 posted 07-16-2012 03:59 AM

Great job. portraits are difficult especially when you are making them for the people in the portrait.

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 11:28 AM

Great project Bob!

You created a true work of art here – the pattern is done very well and the cutting looks perfect.

Keep up the great work!


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#3 posted 07-19-2012 03:27 PM

excellent job ! i also have done portraits and they are not easy by any means.. But its worth it when the people who ordered them have a big smile on their face when they see you use a computer program or the old way ? I personally do it the old way since its the only way I know..(self taught) the only one I have at the moment is my Dad (Taken when he & Mom got married) I’ll post it as soon as I take pictures of it and two more totally different styles of fretworks I “accidently” created.But it has proven to be very popular with family & friends..I have a question for you ….I want to do a portrait of my Mom, but the picture is in a frame w/glass…Its an old photograph & I dont want to damage it by removing it…I have taken my digital camera & tried to produce a glare-free picture to do a drawing with tracing paper…but NO CIGAR ! I have tried to angle the camera, flash,no flash, etc.. I really want to do the old picture as its taken right after Dad & Mom got married. If you have any suggestions for me I would really appreciate it alot …PS You do some fantastic work !! and I would like to see more…

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 05:26 PM

Hey Ron,

Thanks for the compliments, I do use computer programs to make my patterns. As for your Mom’s photo, have you tried taking the pictures out side with sunlight and no flash? That might help, it could take several tries of angling different ways with the light to get a usable photo. I am pretty good with photo manipulation, so if you send me the images you have, I’ll see if I can make them work better for you depending on the photo’s quality. Send them to me through email to

Good Luck and I will be posting more of my work up soon.

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