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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

-- Kelly, Allen,KS





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Woodenwizard

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#1 posted 155 days ago

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

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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HillbillyShooter

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#2 posted 155 days ago

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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 155 days ago

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

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Rick

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#4 posted 155 days ago

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

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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jerrells

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#5 posted 155 days ago

That looks great – nicely done

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

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#6 posted 155 days ago

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

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lanwater

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#7 posted 155 days ago

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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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 155 days ago

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

Jim

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

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Celticscroller

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#9 posted 155 days ago

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

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#10 posted 155 days ago

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

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Roger

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#11 posted 155 days ago

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. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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steve_in_ohio

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#12 posted 155 days ago

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

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 155 days ago

You certainly did a fine job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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simarilan

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#14 posted 155 days ago

Very well done

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

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scrollingmom

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#15 posted 154 days ago

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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