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Approx 20cm high, design from a posting by a member a long time ago for an on-line class in intarsia. Log is real driftwood, frog is cut from Radiata Pine, stained with food dyes then clear laquered. Eye is Ebony, Padauk and Tasmanina Cheesewood, nostril is Ebony. Granddaughter has a tree painted on her bedroom wall so this is a new branch. Went over real big. Bobbin sander was a huge help in shaping the belly and the neck.

Now another grandaughter wants one and her brother wants a Rhinoceros so I need to find some more grey wood.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.





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TomTinkerSum

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#1 posted 479 days ago

Great piece!! Funny how kids inspire us to do more and better. :)

-- If a woodchuck could chuck wood, he's probably not a Lumberjock --

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Burnt

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#2 posted 479 days ago

Wow! Excellent work.

-- Burnt, E. TX

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 479 days ago

Great job, I have this pattern on the desk in the shop. I have been dying to try Kory’s class on this. Getting closer to the honey do list being done! LOL If ever…...

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 479 days ago

Milton, this is nice done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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luv2learn

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#5 posted 479 days ago

Milton, it sounds like you have enough Intarsia orders to fill from the grandkids to keep you out of trouble for awhile :). Great work on the tree frog. I did a similar design by Kathy Wise and my wife said the frog needed a tongue with a fly on the end of it :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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deon

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#6 posted 479 days ago

Lovely work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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Milton Toal

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#7 posted 478 days ago

Thanks everyone. Tongue and fly indeed. Wives just don’t realise the challenges they think we should just accept.Yes, grandkids do inspire us and funny how their jobs take priority, isn’t it? The design was Kory’s from his class but I did not do the class. Incidentally, the best tool I ever bought was the Bobbin or Spindle Sander. The biggest bobbin/spindle carved out the throat and the belly slopes to the log in just a few seconds each. A quick change to the smallest bobbin and I had the eye socket shaped to fit the already made and polished eye in the next couple of minutes. The socket was cut with a 28mm hole saw in the drill press, coming in from both sides to get the depth and the resulting piece drilled out to accept the bobbin.

I printed out the pattern several times onto a full sheet label and just cut them up to get the bits I wanted and stick them to the stock. Doing the body from radiata pine I was able to cut many of the pieces in one go then sand lightly for a close final fit. Not this easy if you are using different woods for effect which is probably what I shall do with the next one.

My Wife wants me to make intarsia like this for a shop that is taking my boards. Have to think about it but I have so much more I want to do.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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Fishinbo

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#8 posted 477 days ago

That turned out really amazing! Like the design and the colors. Great idea on the driftwood and great attention to details. You should make more. Great job!

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