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I have been working on this project for about 3 months, off and on, it depicts a scroll sawn buffalo skull, with feathers inlaid into a base then outlined with inlace, with Walnut spokes, and Walnut rim of a wheel. the last picture is the first try, the main base on the last pic is qrtrsawn Sycamore, the skull and feathers are 1/4” thick Black Cherry, the spokes are Black Walnut, as is the rim, the outline around the skull and feathers is black dyed Inlace resin, it is easy to see that the inlace has penetrated the Sycamore,it could not be sanded out, on my second try, I shellacked the whole thing, it helped but the inlace still got into the Sycamore, just not as bad, so, my next try I used Cherry for the main base, Cherry for the skull and feathers ( because that is what I had already) and a copper dyed inlace for the outline, the inlace does not penetrate the Cherry, so it worked out much better the third time around. there are some improvements that need to be made, I am not sure if it is worth trying to sell though because of the amount of time involved. it has still been a fun project. don’t know what i will try next.

-- Smitty!!!

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#1 posted 155 days ago

well it did come right after all smitty

i too learned the hard way
with the colors in the epoxy blending into the woods

i use just about any sealer to ‘size’ the wood first
(more coats the softer or porous the wood is)
then sand everything clean later
and use whatever finish i like

the big advantage to this type of inlay
is the epoxy can highlight the inlay
and doesn’t require that the space and the inlay
be perfect to each other

very nice design

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 155 days ago

It is still beautiful, Smitty!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 155 days ago

thanks for the comments David, and Lew

-- Smitty!!!

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#4 posted 150 days ago

Wonderful piece! Awesome design, great wood colors and great finish, really pops out the cool figures. Great job!

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#5 posted 109 days ago

Just noticed this project – it is incredible. May have taken a few months to complete, but well worth the effort. Good job Smitty.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 108 days ago

thanks Bill, it took about half the winter working off and on.

-- Smitty!!!

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