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I started cutting that project in France before to be sponsored by Patrick Edwards and Kristen Arrivee from Antique Refinishers and American School of French Marquetry in 2006. I brought back the half cut pieces and packs in my luggage.

As a restorer I practised marquetry but mainly for repairs. I did couple classicle projects but this picture is the first one I did as an independant wall picture.

I wanted to do something in the Roentgen style, small intricate pieces where the contrast is achieved by the choice of wood more than the shading. The picture I found of that cockatoo was ideal for that.

Choice of wood was critical especially for the bird containing the biggest pieces. Curly maple, beech and tight lacewood. Branches are made with rosewood, mahogany, cherry walnut

The technique used was piece by piece or classical method cut in 4 layers. I used 2 different backgrounds, 2 in oilve ash and 2 in dumpster-dived unknown pinkish veneer. The pinkish being a little to plain I added later some fusion to skyified it a little.

i finally finished it for the 2008 Design in Wood Show and have been lucky enough to have been awarded 1st place



-- Patrice lejeune





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 425 days ago

Wow just WOW

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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oakwood

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#2 posted 425 days ago

The cockatoo is beautiful! It is a real showpiece. Thanks for posting.

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 425 days ago

Beautiful work!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Patricelejeune

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#4 posted 425 days ago

Thank you. I believe i was lucky in my choice of wood there.

-- Patrice lejeune

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 425 days ago

Absolutely beautiful

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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stefang

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#6 posted 424 days ago

Amazing Patrice. I think you were brave to work with so closely related colors, but you pulled it and wound up with a spectacular piece of art.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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stefang

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#7 posted 424 days ago

Amazing Patrice. I think you were brave to work with so closely related colors, but you pulled it and wound up with a spectacular piece of art.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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blockhead

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#8 posted 424 days ago

Your choice of woods and execution are spot on, Patrice. I can certainly see why you placed first

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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savannah505

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#9 posted 424 days ago

A really beautiful piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Fishinbo

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#10 posted 422 days ago

At first glance of the work of art, thought of it as a winner. Great and elaborate details on the design. Impressive work!

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Patricelejeune

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#11 posted 422 days ago

Thank you all. The real frustation I am facing is to create a piece in that style without starting from a picture, I guess I did not work hard enough the Art part in my Arts and Crafts school…

-- Patrice lejeune

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