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Hiding Tree Frog Wallhanging (This One Almost Did Me In)

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Project by KoryK posted 08-14-2012 11:49 PM 3450 views 11 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one was more of a bear than a frog. When I made the pattern I did not realize how hard it was going to be to glue and assemble all of the pieces. There were so many pieces that each time you tried to check for a good fit or try to glue you would move other pieces everywhere. It has 241 pieces and 42 pieces in the frame alone. I also had an issue finding a wood color for the leaves, I had settled on some green poplar because that was all I could find that I came close to liking. As it turns out when I was almost done I happened to be in wood store and they had a special buy on some cortez wood that I had never heard of. I bought some and really liked it, so I ended up remaking and replacing all the leaves with that wood. It is hard to tell in pictures but I put A LOT of spacers in this piece. It is about two inches thick in places (feet and hands) down to 3/8 of an inch (some leaves). Well, hopefully it turned out ok and someone will like it.

The leaves and twigs were made with cortez and butternut. The log and vines were hackaberry, wenge, and walnut. The frame is made of koa and curly maple. Finally the frog is made with purple heart, ebony, blood wood, yellow heart, cypress, mahogany, aspen, and cherry. There were no stains used to achieve colors and was finished in satin.

Thanks for Looking!

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





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chrisstef

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 11:55 PM

Hopeefully someone will like it??? I cant imagine anyone who wouldnt! Id be blessed to have half of your patience. Amazingly well done.

-- Something, something, something.

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 11:58 PM

I would literally have jumped off of a cliff after five minutes of trying to do something this intricate and complex. Beautiful.

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 11:58 PM

You are an intarsia king man. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 12:05 AM

Amazing!

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#5 posted 08-15-2012 01:14 AM

It is always a treat to see what you have created. This is fantastic (as usual) – thanks for sharing your work with us!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 08-15-2012 01:31 AM

That is an amazing piece of art. You have a great talent!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 08-15-2012 01:51 AM

Amazing! I can’t decide which part I like best, the eyes, the fingers, the frame, or the leaves. It’s a wonderful piece, just amazing. Well Done! Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#8 posted 08-15-2012 01:53 AM

Awesome! Love the Frame.

-- ---- Jack of all Trades, Master of None ----

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#9 posted 08-15-2012 02:13 AM

(This One Almost Did Me In)

Yeah right, like I believe that one! ha ha Each piece you do seems to get progressively more complex. You do fantastic work and you must be a consistantly patient person, especially to have decided to remake the leaves after you had the first one done.
Nice piece and well done. Thanks for sharing another great piece.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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#10 posted 08-15-2012 02:21 AM

wow.
tremendous job.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#12 posted 08-15-2012 02:52 AM

This is my new favorite project of yours. The detail In this is amazing, and absolutely love the bamboo frame. Great work dad love it
Marti :)

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#13 posted 08-15-2012 03:01 AM

Hi,
I’ve done many intarsia pieces and have had a hard time keeping pieces in place while fitting. You might try fun-tac, made by Loctite. It’s blue mounting putty. I just use a very small ball on the back of the larger pieces to hold them in place. It will easily come off of the wood by rolling it with another larger ball of putty.
Also use it in the house for vases and knick knacks that I don’t want the cat knocking over. Also can be used on pictures on the wall, to keep them straight.
Fun-tac is to women like duck tape is to men. Did you know that?

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#14 posted 08-15-2012 03:24 AM

Another beautiful piece of work Kory.
You bring such life to your characters.
Inspiring!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#15 posted 08-15-2012 03:24 AM

Hey Dee2, thanks for the tip. I have not tried it, but it makes sense and will try it. Where can you purchase it? Thanks to everyone for their very kind comments.

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

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