|Project by chrisstef||posted 07-30-2012 11:46 PM||1713 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
The first pic shows a rather meaningful project for me. See, my wife and I are expecting our first baby in t-minus 29 days, which basically means any day now. We were going back and forth for months between 2 names and hadnt settled on anything. Well one night while wifeski headed up to bed early so i hit the shop and carved out the letters for Nathan and placed it on the counter. Done Deal. Nathan James. My man.
The second plaque is for a good friend and his wife who are also expecting a baby girl within the next 2 weeks (and then moving into a new house one week later .. good luck with that).
The letters are carved with my cheapo stanley chisels out of black walnut scraps. The backboard for the Nathan plaque is live edge spalted beech (from LJ CampD) and finished with dewaxed shellac and arm-a-seal. The Layla backboard is curly red oak (salvaged from a CT based nursing home handrail) and finished with wet sanded natural danish oil. The letters were originally 5/4 but resawn at different angles to give a little more texture with the mismatched thicknesses.
Thanks for checkin it out gang.
-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty