Bamboo Scroll Sawn Relief of Year of the Horse Plaque

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Project by woodreamer posted 01-16-2014 08:51 PM 1294 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I thought I’d put up my latest efforts in bevel cutting on the scroll saw which can yield a relief carving effect. I’ve been using bamboo cutting boards that I get at the dollar store for $2.00 a piece. Some of the grain is quite interesting resulting from the compressed bamboo process, but I have to say, it being bamboo, it’s very brittle and splinters a lot, which I found out the hard way. This being the year of the horse in the lunar calendar, there’s lots of royalty free images out there for non-illustrators like myself. I decided on a simple framing effect with the corner oblong shapes and red backing, which sort of comes across in the photos.
I like the Chinese character for ‘horse’ as a decorative element. I put some water-based semi gloss varnish for a finish. I look forward to comments or questions s always. Thanks for viewing.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 10:40 PM

I like it. Well done.

-- jroot

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 12:34 AM

Very nicely done, and quite attractive.

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 03:24 AM

So the horse and character are bevel cut all through, then “popped” forward a bit and reglued into the hole from whence they came? Pretty slick idea, it has me wondering how difficult it is to close the gaps and keep a uniform height – or is it sanded flat after the fact?

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 05:11 AM

Thanks Jroot and Hillbillyshooter for the nice compliments.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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