Right to Bear Arms Eagle #1

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 10-13-2013 02:58 AM 1920 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’ve had some questions / comments about this piece in the background of our “Right to Bear arms Bear” – so I figured I’d post it as a separate one. This is a pretty blatant standing if I do say so – we’re woodworkers, artists, historians, educators, artists, ... etc etc … yada yada … above all that what allows us to be free to create and enjoy our freedoms and artwork is that we’re Americans.

The “Right to Bear Arms Eagle” – Concept by Eric M. Saperstein of Artisans of the Valley. Artwork, design, and CNC carving, and base/clear coats by Dana Osterman of The Sign Smith. Airbrush work by Felipe Rivas of InnerCity Airbrushing.

This carving is on 18# sign foam laminated to an LDF (low density fiber board) layer for some flexibility and rigidity, then we are further adding to it by inserting some plywood sections into the back to allow it to take screws for mounting brackets. Modern woodworkers step out of just working in wood – when we look at the materials options we have available there is an amazing array of options. Pure wood would have not worked for this, but we needed it for rigidity and mounting. LDF is a more efficient use of trees and materials as it’s basically recycled wood/cardboard. Sign foam takes amazing detail without grain and problems with warping.

The finish consists of an assortment of primers, base coats, air brushed coloration and dtail, then and clear coats that result in a solid, durable, UV protected surface, color, and finish. This piece is available in a vector format and can be modified on request.

The design will be available in CNC carvings, 3D printing, embroider, banners, and possibly castings. This is an example, and just the beginning, of showing off what we can do with our new 3D capabilities.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 10-13-2013 03:27 AM

Love it!

What application did you model it in?

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#2 posted 10-13-2013 09:12 AM

”... shall not be infringed.”

Great Collaborative Work Eric…
The detail possible in the latest generation of machines is incredible!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 10-13-2013 10:28 AM

They are great, keep them coming.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 10-13-2013 12:11 PM

very cool stuff. taking woodworking into the 21st century!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 10-13-2013 12:22 PM

Great piece! Thanks for posting and thanks for the detailed write up on how you do the magnificent plaques. Keep them coming.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 10-13-2013 01:59 PM

This is a beautiful piece. It gives me a proud feeling to see something like this. Great creation.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 10-13-2013 02:59 PM

Wow, Eric this is amazing on so many levels. such depth and details. Love it..

I can’t talk about the right to bear arms, as two lumberjocks from Canada blocked me…

Wait, yes I can. LOL That is what all the men and women have sacrificed for, is our freedom.

The future of woodworking looks very bright. Great Post!!!!

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

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#8 posted 10-13-2013 11:47 PM

Wow – thanks! Good to see there’s a lot of support for what makes this country great.

Design work done in Aspire – from that point it goes into the shopbot setup. I’m planning to install all of that fun stuff when I get a new laptop. I’m not very good with the 3D artwork, I can do layouts and then print/trace to hand carve but the detail required to get one of these together is beyond me. We’ll see when I start playing with it, hopefully by Christmas I’ll get a new computer and get it configured.

Until then – I get to the be the guy who comes up with ideas, is annoying asking for changes, and then cleans it up, sands it, burns, and paints.

It really is amazing what these machines can do with 1/16th inch bits and layering/slicing capabilities. The machine is only a four axis – they are up to making five axis but they are known as kinda weak and will cut foam and wax but not wood. I’d like to see what a 3D printer can do with this design with coloration control.

We’ll see what projects and commissions we get in. This was our demonstration and learning curve. It’s all up to the world now to send us the work!

Now – question what’s this blocking thing? I didn’t know LumberJocks had that? If someone doesn’t like the right to bear arms then they can live where there is no such right. HERE – we have rights, and we’re keeping it that way!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#9 posted 10-14-2013 02:33 PM

littlecope has it right – - – ”… shall not be infringed.” A very timely piece indeed. I’m impressed with your expanded abilities – -CNC etc. Well done!!!!

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#10 posted 10-14-2013 02:56 PM

Wow! Eric, this is a fantastic piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 10-15-2013 12:22 PM

Amen! A super beautiful piece, with meaning

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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