|Project by SawTooth1953||posted 09-29-2012 03:25 PM||10755 views||19 times favorited||18 comments|
I just finished this “carved fretwork” project.
This is what I did:
1-I modified a fretwork pattern done by Dave Hall in 2009… fretwork patterns aren’t too concerned about the size of the cutout areas as long as it portrays the subject well, but for carving, the black spaces had to be narrowed a lot.
2-I cut the pattern in 1” thick poplar using the scroll saw,
3-I power carved the elements: wine bottle, stream of wine, and the glass and brought down the background.
4-I also made the frame, starting with 1” thick poplar x 1 5/8” wide… it has a 3/8” x 3/8” rabbet… the backer is 1/4” ply.
I chose this subject because I am donating this to a silent auction fundraiser at a wine tasting event. I’m hoping some deep-pocket wine collectors will be willing to bid this up to donate a bunch for a good cause so they can take this home.
The first pic shows it unfinished… the carving and frame was finished with water-based finish because I don’t want to darken or yellow the wood… I was afraid of poplar’s tendency to splotch and the water-based finish is least likely to cause that. The carving is then glued to the birch ply backer which has been painted black.
I’ll post more pics later, showing it with the finish… it looks pretty much the same.
Dick Miraglia is a true master of carved fretwork and I was greatly influenced by him… his work can be seen here:
He is giving a course on carved fretwork at the NorthEast Ohio Scrollers Picnic in May, 2013
-- Spence in Skokie, IL