Eye of the Tiger

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Project by shipwright posted 521 days ago 1592 views 2 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second attempt at the “fusion” technique. It stems from two sources. The first is that all marqueteurs, at least those working with thin modern veneer, eventually sand through their motif and ruin it. I’ve done that enough times and always thought it would be fun to see how it would work out if it was done on purpose. Then I discovered that Patrice Lejeune had already turned it into an art form. Soooo… I had to give it a try. The first attempt was in one of the seagulls that I posted previously….... didn’t like it much but it was a learning experience.

This one I like better.

The photos show:

1) The original photo from Google

2) The piece of movingui veneer that inspired the tiger in the first place. You can almost see the whole face right there in the figure and grain.

3) Work in progress. The holly has been applied and eroded away and the dyed black has been added.

4) Almost finished motif … I did change the pupil of the eye a bit.

The lead photo shows the finished piece mounted on a plywood substrate built up to 1 1/4” thick and veneered all sides and top with mahogany around a dyed black veneer accent frame.

It’s always a good day when you experiment with something new and it works out. This isn’t quite a destination yet but it’s a lot further down the road than the last one.

Thanks for looking in.


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

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#1 posted 521 days ago

I like this you done a great job. Thank you for sharing this project.

-- Todd

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#2 posted 521 days ago

I don’t know why you would want to keep this Paul. You should donate it to one of your fans for inspiration. Just kidding of course. You’re keeping your eye on the prize!! Nice work

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#3 posted 521 days ago

Looks great Paul.. Dimensions?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Jim Sellers

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#4 posted 521 days ago

Interesting technique Paul. Thanks for sharing that. i’m no art connoisseur but that finished piece is mesmerizing. really holds your attention.

-- J.C.Sellers

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#5 posted 521 days ago

Nice work sir. One problem here though, I can’t get that song out of my head now….

-- MrHart

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#6 posted 521 days ago

I just sanded through to the glue as well. oh well. I love how you did this. I remember a photo in national geographic just like that.

-- Plant as many trees as you can

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#7 posted 521 days ago

Thomas, The motif itself is about 4 1/2” square.

MrHart, You’re talking to someone who has been humming it for two weeks now !! I know what you mean.

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

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#8 posted 521 days ago

Looks like you combined taxidermy and woodwork… Seriously, it looks fantastic…amazing…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#9 posted 521 days ago

That is some technique and I would like to see more of the process you use and what tools are used.
A tutorial would be nice on this .

-- Kiefer 松

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#10 posted 521 days ago

Great job Paul

-- Patrice lejeune

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#11 posted 521 days ago

im enjoying watching you come into this, i of coarse also enjoyed the video clip..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 521 days ago

Paul, not only are you a great craftsman, but an awe inspiring artist. I think you’ve found your second career as a marqueteur.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#13 posted 521 days ago

Nice design Paul. I was just reading the other day that fusion technique is a Persian version of marquetry called Khātam, pretty cool huh.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#14 posted 520 days ago

Very nice Paul, You always intrigue the mind. Keep the ideas flowing. Thanks for the insperation.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#15 posted 520 days ago

I like it, but there needs to be more of a reflective quality in the eye. Is that possible? I know that I’m probably asking for a lot. On the other hand, I want to push you to be even more amazing than you already are. Okay?

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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