|Project by KnickKnack||posted 09-16-2012 07:48 AM||32349 views||9 times favorited||8 comments|
Inspired by rance’s lovely piece of work over here , I set out to make one of my own.
Well, as you can see, I took a few different turns and ended up with something somewhat different. I’ve been trying to focus more on the details than has been my habit in the past, so this was partly an exercise in trying to do simple things well.
Of course, this design was going to live or die on the grain pattern in the back piece of wood – apart from the flaw (well, you could say flaw, you could say point of interest, and, in any event, it’s wood so it’s rarely flawless) towards the bottom right, I think, personally, that I nailed that – I went through every offcut I had, and every piece of every plank of every species and narrowed it own to a choice of 10. I then tried to work out what was going to happen to the grain on a flat piece of wood when I shaped it. I think some luck was involved – you can look at both sides of the wood and try to interpolate the grain pattern, but nature is random and you don’t quite know what will happen.
This was the first time I used a “grain enhancement” technique I’ve been working on over the last few years. I polished it to 600, applied a thinned water-based cherry stain very quickly and immediately wiped it off (didn’t want to stain other than the grain, hence the 600), and then more 600 until all but the grain returned to the original colour. I think it picks it out quite nicely, especially on the ash, which grain tends to “fudge up” when I finish it.
Having made the back it took a bunch more time trying to work out how to set it. I still have the whole triangle thing going on (I’m a big fan of art deco), but I didn’t want to overcook it. But a simple square base just didn’t seem enough, and a simple slot for the card didn’t seem enough either. After a lot of staring I ended up here, which seems quite nicely balanced to me.
Big thanks to Alan and Sharon down the road at bikersbase for letting me use their business card.
Ash and Jatoba. Tung oil finish.
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