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Project by dennis mitchell posted 2152 days ago 2072 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well folks this is my entry for this years Western Design Conference and you guys get to see it first! I’ve used Purple Heart, Cherry and Coyote Willow. I blogged about the inspiration I got from my local Barn Swallows (Hirundo Rustica). These are painted with acrylic paints on carved cherry. The last few weeks I’ve been sun tanning my cherry so it will age and baking the willow in my trailer so it will dry out and turn purple. I’ll be gone all next week at the conference. Wish me luck!





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Moron

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#1 posted 2152 days ago

good luck!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Bigbuck

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#2 posted 2152 days ago

Veryy nice, I love your design. Good luck!

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Colin

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#3 posted 2152 days ago

Absolutely, good luck, I really like your work and hope you do well, I have not seen anything like this before, many thanks for posting!

Colin

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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gusthehonky

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#4 posted 2152 days ago

Skilled craftsmanship combined w/ inspired artistry. Good luck.

-- Ciao, gth.

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Bradford

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#5 posted 2152 days ago

good luck & nice entry.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Callum Kendall

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#6 posted 2152 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

-- For wood working podcasts with a twist check out http://thetimberkid.com/

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 2152 days ago

Cool piece! Have fun and good luck at the conference.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 2152 days ago

Very nice , & unique! Dennis.

Have a good time, & Good Luck!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dadoo

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#9 posted 2151 days ago

Real cool project Dennis! Let us know how you do at the conference.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Diane

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#10 posted 2151 days ago

Those birds sure came out good, nice job on the whole project, good luck at the conference. I really love the chair design.

How do you get the willow on is it glued?

Diane

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SawDustnSplinters

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#11 posted 2151 days ago

Very interesting and unique piece, I am sure you will do well at the conference..

Frank

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , http://www.allthingsrustix.com , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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trifern

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#12 posted 2151 days ago

Dennis, your little inspiration turned out well. You did a great job carving and painting the swallows. They are a nice design feature. The cherry is beautiful and a nice contrast with you other materials. Have fun and good luck at the conference.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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hObOmOnk

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#13 posted 2151 days ago

Hi Dennis:

This is a great design that combines rustic with artistic accents.
It shows that rustic can have a range that is unlimited by those artisans that embrace their materials.
The willow adds an organic quality that you won’t find at the usual lumberyards and home improvement centers.

Regional elements also add qualities that highlight your vision.

Best of luck at the show.

-- 温故知新

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Karson

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#14 posted 2151 days ago

Good Luck Dennis. It looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mrtrim

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#15 posted 2151 days ago

i cant imagine you needing any luck with a peice like that !! thats just awsome dennis ! just in case ill add GOOD LUCK

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