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Project by shipwright posted 486 days ago 1817 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 M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#1 posted 486 days ago

that is beautiful!!!

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#3 posted 486 days ago

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

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#4 posted 486 days ago

Amazing work as usual Paul.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 486 days ago

Very cool

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#6 posted 486 days ago

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 486 days ago

I agree with all the other comments! Way cool!

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#8 posted 486 days ago

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 486 days ago

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 486 days ago

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.


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#11 posted 486 days ago

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

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 486 days ago

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.

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#13 posted 486 days ago


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)


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#14 posted 486 days ago

Awesome Paul! Totally awesome!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#15 posted 486 days ago

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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