|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 385 days ago||845 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
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!
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