Hirundo Rustica

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Project by dennis mitchell posted 09-01-2008 07:45 AM 2754 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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#1 posted 09-01-2008 07:52 AM

good luck!

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

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#2 posted 09-01-2008 08:41 AM

Veryy nice, I love your design. Good luck!

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 09-01-2008 09:45 AM

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

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#4 posted 09-01-2008 10:27 AM

Skilled craftsmanship combined w/ inspired artistry. Good luck.

-- Ciao, gth.

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#5 posted 09-01-2008 11:16 AM

good luck & nice entry.

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

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#6 posted 09-01-2008 12:00 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 09-01-2008 12:38 PM

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

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

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#8 posted 09-01-2008 01:09 PM

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.

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#9 posted 09-01-2008 01:38 PM

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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#10 posted 09-01-2008 02:16 PM

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?


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#11 posted 09-01-2008 02:28 PM

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


-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#12 posted 09-01-2008 02:55 PM

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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#13 posted 09-01-2008 02:58 PM

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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#14 posted 09-01-2008 03:02 PM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 09-01-2008 03:09 PM

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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