LumberJocks

Eye of the Tiger

  • Advertise with us
Project by shipwright posted 03-27-2013 12:46 AM 1622 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

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/





36 comments so far

View scrollsaw's profile

scrollsaw

13026 posts in 2508 days


#1 posted 03-27-2013 12:50 AM

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

-- Todd

View Schwieb's profile

Schwieb

1519 posts in 2116 days


#2 posted 03-27-2013 12:59 AM

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.

View DocSavage45's profile

DocSavage45

5001 posts in 1497 days


#3 posted 03-27-2013 01:00 AM

Looks great Paul.. Dimensions?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View Jim Sellers's profile

Jim Sellers

237 posts in 989 days


#4 posted 03-27-2013 01:02 AM

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, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

View MrHart's profile

MrHart

41 posts in 938 days


#5 posted 03-27-2013 01:02 AM

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

-- MrHart

View vernacular's profile

vernacular

13 posts in 1491 days


#6 posted 03-27-2013 01:04 AM

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

View shipwright's profile

shipwright

4970 posts in 1452 days


#7 posted 03-27-2013 01:07 AM

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. http://prmdesigns.com/

View Greg..the Cajun  Box Sculptor's profile

Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

5097 posts in 1963 days


#8 posted 03-27-2013 01:19 AM

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.

View kiefer's profile

kiefer

3070 posts in 1321 days


#9 posted 03-27-2013 01:27 AM

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

View Patricelejeune's profile

Patricelejeune

250 posts in 575 days


#10 posted 03-27-2013 01:31 AM

Great job Paul

-- Patrice lejeune

View grizzman's profile

grizzman

7011 posts in 1958 days


#11 posted 03-27-2013 01:33 AM

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

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

View larryw's profile

larryw

294 posts in 1316 days


#12 posted 03-27-2013 01:33 AM

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.~

View sandhill's profile

sandhill

2122 posts in 2578 days


#13 posted 03-27-2013 02:06 AM

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 http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

View bugz's profile

bugz

773 posts in 1318 days


#14 posted 03-27-2013 02:24 AM

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

View cathyb's profile

cathyb

757 posts in 1899 days


#15 posted 03-27-2013 02:54 AM

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, www.cathyswoodworking.com

showing 1 through 15 of 36 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase