Bayou Gator

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Project by scrollingmom posted 02-23-2014 11:52 PM 1318 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a custom order. I have never done a gator before so it was interesting. The picture itself is made of 5/8” Walnut. It is 15” long and just right at 12” tall at the top of the bark, with the base. Live edges on the top. I also modified the pattern as I wanted to keep the burl at the top. The customer wanted it to have as much ruggedness as possible to fit the theme. I just think the base fits the picture perfectly as it looks like the back of a gator coming out the water. It is also all Walnut, but I cut the top of a log off and kept all the bark with some solid wood on the bottom.

Customer hasn’t seen it yet other than pictures. Sure hope they like it. Ready to ship it.

Pattern by Bob Vaile out of Creative Woodworks & Crafts January 2010 issue.

Thanks for the input.


-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 11:56 PM

Way too cool! The combination of wood, bark and scroll saw skill really come together.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 12:12 AM

Beautiful work—really like the subject and the live edge adds a great deal, mon chere!

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

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 12:13 AM

Beautiful work! I love how you displayed it! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 02-24-2014 12:22 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed Kelly! Great Workmanship! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#5 posted 02-24-2014 01:05 AM

That looks great – nicely done

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#6 posted 02-24-2014 01:49 AM

I love the way you include live edges in your work, makes them very interesting and unique.

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#7 posted 02-24-2014 02:10 AM

This is beautiful Kelly.

It looks real!
It looks very complex, It must have taken a lot of work.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 02-24-2014 02:41 AM

Kelly, that is one beautiful piece!! Your customer will be really excited with your work!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 02-24-2014 04:07 AM

This is a beautiful piece Kelly. I love the way you have displayed it and used the live edge of the wood.

-- Anna

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#10 posted 02-24-2014 10:01 AM

Really Nice. Question, did you use flat or spiral blades to cut it? Lots of love put into it.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 02-24-2014 01:15 PM

Kelly, that’s just way awesome! That gator fits right in with that hunk-a-hunk-a Walnut. Very cool.

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

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#12 posted 02-24-2014 01:43 PM

wow, very cool, love the live edge, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#13 posted 02-24-2014 02:44 PM

You certainly did a fine job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 02-24-2014 03:07 PM

Very well done

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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#15 posted 02-24-2014 04:33 PM

Thank you for all the comments. I enjoy working with the live edges even though you have to adjust sometimes it just gives it that little extra.

Hawaiilad: I used a skip tooth saw blade which takes more time than a spiral, but you get a smoother cut.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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