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Project by Patricelejeune posted 518 days ago 1196 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the pursuit of mastering the fusion technique I did this portrait of my niece Gaëtane.

A mix of fusion and piece by piece, cut in 4.

I started from a picture

Chose the woods

And started from the center out. I did not care much about accuracy on that project, I chose to use a temperamental fast cutting to express the energy in the child.

I used a new idea of preparing pre-fusioned pack, piece of veneer in to layers already scrape and sanded through almost to the intended final result. i used those for the hair

Then I added backgrounds and dress. i had 2 bubinga and 2 dyed black maple backgrounds

Then i added some more fusion with curly yellow wood for the hair, a new piece by piece layer of red and purple veneer for the dress and couple touch up on the face.

Final result

Presented at the Design in Wood show in 2009 it did not meet the judges understanding and or appreciation.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 518 days ago

That’s extraordinary. Those judges are nuts.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#2 posted 517 days ago

What a great piece. She looks like a sweet kid.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#3 posted 517 days ago

Really cool, artistic looking for sure.

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#4 posted 517 days ago

Formidable, monsieur.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 517 days ago

Une tres belle photo qui est devenue une belle creation. bravo Patrice keep smiling John

-- retired and smiling

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#6 posted 517 days ago

That is just fantastic.

-- Michael and Matthew

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#7 posted 517 days ago

Awesome !!!

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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#8 posted 517 days ago

Amazing, I would love to attempt something like this! How did you learn these techniques?

-- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman

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#9 posted 517 days ago

Brian’s correct.
If not nuts, they don’t appreciate the work of a talented artist.
Absolutely superb!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 517 days ago

Holy Cow Patrice, I think this is my favorite so far!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#11 posted 517 days ago

Incredible work. Dumb judges.

-- 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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#12 posted 517 days ago

What do judges know. I think it is a lovely piece.

-- RusticJohn

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#13 posted 517 days ago

judge not or you will be judged. Truly artful

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#14 posted 517 days ago

That is a remarkable technique. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 517 days ago

Very impressive work.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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