When Pigs Fly

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 11-14-2012 06:31 PM 2117 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In a misguided fit of whimsy, I made a ‘wall hanging piece’ for my wife. The phrase ‘When Pigs Fly’ always appealed to me and stuck somewhere in my head was a vision of a flying pig. Thinking my vision was something found on the internet somewhere, I made a search online for my starting point. None was found matching the mental image, so I sat down at my drawing board and drew the pig The result was pleasing – something just clicked. The pig was born out of a piece of leftover spruce 2×4, and colorful padauk wings were added .

Then, as so often happens on my projects this one ‘began to grow’ and became far, far more elaborate than my first concept – a simple pig with wings flying on a neutral background. First, it seemed proper to have a bird amazed at the pig. An outraged crow hatched out of a bit of cherry. OK now, why not a flabbergasted Man In the Moon? Another piece of scrap cherry produced that. A wide piece of pine became the background – but laying the whittled pieces on that told me more balance was needed. A tree?

Nope, that seemed a bit much so just a simple stump was settled on. Then, the background itself screamed it needed something more, so intarsia terrain was added – of popular, oak and mahogany. Ye Gods! Where would this thing end anyway?

Because the carvings were fragile, particularly the pig’s wings, a protective frame was needed, so a custom-built one, 14” x 26” x 3” appeared – which needed painting and finishing of course. Finally, the background was finished in satin varnish, and the carvings with high gloss varnish to make them ‘pop’. All in all I probably have upwards of forty hours in this simple project – but the payoff is, my wife just LOVES it!

That ought to be good for something in the future somehow!

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#1 posted 11-14-2012 06:50 PM

Great piece & happy wife. What more can you ask for?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-14-2012 07:16 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 11-14-2012 07:31 PM

Extraordinary craft!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 11-14-2012 07:35 PM

So, that’s what happens when pigs fly :)
That’s putting imagination to work! Nice!


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#5 posted 11-14-2012 09:43 PM

The colour combination of the woods and frame is really pleasing. Love this.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#6 posted 11-15-2012 09:32 AM

Awsome work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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