Sculpted Rustic

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Project by Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist posted 05-16-2013 04:19 PM 1156 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is one in a series of 8 new boxes I recently created that have my own version of Weathered, Rustic and sculpted combined. Most all of my sculpting has been sanded and sanded and sanded and sanded for many hours to get a super smooth feel prior to applying the finish.
The photos do not capture the true look of the weathered coarse grain and I will most likely need to re-photograph them outside.

Well, I have many new ideas that have been circulating in my brain and this is one of them…created from my stack of oak that I call my Katrina Oak because it was salvaged from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina back in August 2005.

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

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#1 posted 05-16-2013 04:28 PM

Nice memorial piece. Have you considered fuming the oak? Might add to the old feel? I’m guessing the table saw is working now?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 05-16-2013 04:34 PM

Great looking box Greg! I guess that some good did come from Katrina. Wish I would have had a place to store some of the wood from Katrina – I’d be a happy camper about now.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 05-16-2013 05:23 PM

I really like the look of this box.

-- Joel

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#4 posted 05-16-2013 06:38 PM

wow greg, this is a real winner for me, i love this look, and i think your series of these will be a great addition to your resume, i just love the sculpting here.

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

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#5 posted 05-16-2013 07:25 PM

Wonderful box creation Greg. The oak grain comes through nicely.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 05-16-2013 07:34 PM

Thomas….I have been playing around with the ammonia fuming. The piece of oak I did needs work because the oak color looked kind of yucky after 24 hours of fuming. I tried it on a piece of oak cut from the same board I made the box from so I could see the end results before fuming the box.

Bill…yeah, I am glad I was able to get the Oak and store it. I originally got a lot of it and made my wife a desk, bookcase and credenza. Made several other projects also. Now I will use more for the boxes.

Joel…thanks…this was a fun experiment.

Amagineer…thanks…the rough grain adds a different look and I did not know at first what the end results would be. It doesn’t look as good in the photo as it does on the workbench.

Grizzman…I am glad you like it also..It is always fun to come up with something new…especially when the results warrant something other than the burn pile.

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

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#7 posted 05-16-2013 09:29 PM

Very nice Greg, I’d like to see some pics of it open as well.

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#8 posted 05-16-2013 10:25 PM

Greg, looks like you are thinking ” ouside the box” again, LOL…. I really like this rustic, weatherd look, adds a whole new look to your craft. Thanks for sharing 7 keep posting always look forward to your projects….....Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#9 posted 05-17-2013 12:27 AM

You certainly achieved your goal with this one but I have questions (as usual):

Live oak?
Did you blast this one?

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

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#10 posted 05-17-2013 01:13 AM

I like it!

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#11 posted 05-17-2013 01:35 AM

This one really works for me! The coarse grain and rough texture is a perfect combination.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 05-17-2013 02:40 AM

You’ve made rustic elegant. Nice job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 05-17-2013 03:41 AM

Thanks everyone…! This was definitely a fun box and a new technique I am enjoying…

Randy…I hope to get some better photos, including some interior pictures…but I want to take them outside so to hopefully get better texture shots…

Andy…I believe this piece is white oak…I have a bunch of oak …some of it is white oak, red oak and live oak. I accumulated over 1000 bd ft after Katrina. It is blasted and has a coat of boiled linseed oil that is buffed out.

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

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#14 posted 05-17-2013 04:54 AM

Another Great looking box Greg. Just amazed at how you can turn a box into a piece of art

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#15 posted 05-17-2013 05:12 AM

Looks great

-- Dreaming patterns

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