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Project by shipwright posted 03-31-2013 11:57 PM 1964 views 5 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, first off … Gene wins!

However upon looking at the small number entries I thought I should see if I could add to the number a bit, just for fun and in the spirit of participation.

This is a study I did recently experimenting with dying and marquetry. I think it fits the spirit of the challenge if not the letter. It is all made from one leaf of veneer that’s about 10” x 14” x 1/32” thick. The leaf shown is not the one I used but another from the same flitch.

The marquetry was first cut on the chevalet, all from the same piece as mentioned. Then I dyed the blue and black parts and re-assembled the piece. Next I sanded the whole thing. This gives the appearance of light broken in the sea water and refracted into highlights on the whale. I coated with a sealing pass of spray poly to seal the alcohol based dye and then finished off with shellac in a french polish.

To finish the presentation, I used some more pieces of the same veneer leaf to frame the motif around a dyed black veneer edging. The black edging is not from the leaf. Had I planned to enter it would have been from the piece and dyed black when the whale was dyed. (The guilt is killing me).

Overall the piece is about 9” x 12” X 1/32” so I’m well inside the size limit. In fact I could have made several from 144 cubic inches. My math says close to fifty… is that right?

Final note : Thanks for putting on the challenge and let’s see more entries in the future, even if it’s something you already have.

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/





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#1 posted 04-01-2013 12:03 AM

that is beautiful!!!

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 12:03 AM

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#3 posted 04-01-2013 12:40 AM

I can almost see the water moving as the whale swims. This is one of so many facets of woodworking that are truly amazing.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#4 posted 04-01-2013 12:45 AM

Amazing work as usual Paul.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 04-01-2013 12:49 AM

Very cool

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#6 posted 04-01-2013 01:15 AM

Paul, overall it looks exquisite. The coloring is perfect and accents the illusion of actual water. Very well done. However, to be fair to Gene, I’ll ask a pointed question. Are those gaps above the upper left and below the lower right black frame? Maybe my eyes are fooling me.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 04-01-2013 01:16 AM

I agree with all the other comments! Way cool!

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#8 posted 04-01-2013 01:20 AM

Paul, You totally captured the “sunlight through water” effect. Amazing!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 04-01-2013 01:26 AM

Paul, I really like how this turned out…the ripple effect is just awesome!

Thanks for sharing!

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

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#10 posted 04-01-2013 02:21 AM

Paul, looking good. I love all the thinking out of the box and experimentation you are doing with veneer.

I have been working on building my Chevalet and have it about ½ done. Currantly I can sit on it.

Richard

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#11 posted 04-01-2013 03:23 AM

Very unique use of veneer, love the color play, great piece.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 04-01-2013 04:18 AM

Thanks everyone.

Rance, I really hate to disappoint you but the outer curly maple frame is set on top of the inner (black) frame so it is actually proud, like a mat on a framed print. The piece is not really at final finish and the slightly unfinished edge you noticed will be dealt with. I also will be adding a narrow outer frame that covers the edge of the substrate. I was going to wait to post this but decided to add it to the challenge.

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

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#13 posted 04-01-2013 04:42 AM

AWESOME…

Beautiful work… Sneaky work… LOL (kidding)
... someone will do anything to get into a contest / challenge! LOL

Some people will dye for anything… LOL (kidding, I hope you know)

COOL…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#14 posted 04-01-2013 05:41 AM

Awesome Paul! Totally awesome!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#15 posted 04-01-2013 10:07 AM

Fantastic water effect Paul! This looks wonderful and I bet it would be snapped up by a buyer very quick if you wanted to sell it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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