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Blog entry by stefang posted 02-04-2013 07:52 PM 1890 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The yellow was added to the whiskers, eyebrows and legs. I still have some yellow to do on some of the toes.The tongue is also inserted, but not quite finished. The top photo is from my last blog for comparison with the today’s photo at the bottom so you can get a feel for whats been done. There is still a lot of work to go, so if the picture looks a little strange in places that is probably why.

The obvious things are the eyes, mouth, muzzle, teeth, ears etc. I’m still not sure how much more detail I want besides the aforementioned work. I will just have to see what happens when I get to point of quitting or going further.

I have enjoyed working with the thick wood, which is not customary in traditional marquetry. There may or may not be some advantages to working this way.

I found the thick stock easy to cut on my scrollsaw. I didn’t really need a design pattern for the work, and even though I started with one, I quirky ditched it in favor of the original dragon picture. This allowed me to alter the design and adapt the detail level as I progressed, to what I could realistically achieve with my scrollsaw. My attached cutting patten which was produced while cutting out the design allowed me to do this because the pattern gave me an exact copy of the part cut out which could be traced to the infill pieces.

It is very easy to replace or change pieces even after the ‘bad’ piece has been glued in or to add details by cutting into the already glued infill pieces such as I have done with the yellow overlay on the black.

In my opinion, the main disadvantage to this method is that it would be difficult to get hold of many different types and color of woods compared to purchasing veneers. The woods I’m using now were purchased a couple of years ago and I haven’t seen much available since then, but I can order veneers anytime. Another problem is that tiny detail like we have seen in many of Paul’s (Shipwright) work is not possible with the much thicker blades that are necessary to cut thicker stock. This puts quit limit on the level of detail possible. Of course one can choose to do less detailed projects and still get a good outcome as long as it is good to look at.

‘Difficult’ is not a very objective word. I would say that most anyone who is familiar with scroll sawing can do this work. It’s much more about the method than the actual cutting skill. I’ve been scrolling for many years now, but not very much, and truth be told I’m not that good at it. I have gotten a lot better at it during this project though.

I believe that the main criteria for success using this method is just to take whatever time is necessary to do the cutting accurately. This means fast for those who already have solid scrolling skills and slow for those like me. I purposely did not impose a deadline for myself on this project, and I’m glad I didn’t because It’s been much more enjoyable that way, I would rather do one project that I’m satisfied with than three that I’m not!

This project has been fun even with the uncertainty of a successful outcome or maybe because of it. Not having a deadline has relieved me of any stress to get it done quickly and I have learned a few things. I may wind up doing regular marquetry in the end, but it’s always good to cast your net wide for a good catch.

Please let me know if the yellow looks ok. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 02-04-2013 08:11 PM

very striking mike, i would assume the finer details are more of a challenge, and i cant wait to see you get the smaller parts..this is a wonderful thing to have taken this on and your doing it so well…........

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 02-04-2013 08:29 PM

It’s really coming along nice Mike. Way to go.

-- I never finish anyth

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#3 posted 02-04-2013 08:31 PM

The yellow looks good Mike.

I did have to look and find the eye as the yellow is now the focal point…

Great woek for sure!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 02-04-2013 08:43 PM

Thanks Grizz, Phillip and Ian. The eyes aren’t done yet. They will be red with a black pupils.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 02-04-2013 09:14 PM

Hi Mike,

This is looking really good.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 02-04-2013 09:37 PM

Looks better than a beginner to me ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 02-05-2013 12:53 AM

Coming along really well Mike… and stop slagging your cutting skills. They look pretty good to me.
I hope you do carry on to veneer work because I know that you would enjoy the challenge as well as the expanded choices of species.
As for the yellow…...... technically, I think it looks excellent. Visually, I’m not sure. It is, before finish at least, quite similar to the background. The black alone was very dramatic and the yellow may mellow it down too much if you know what I mean. This could change considerably when finish is added. I know that I am guilty all the time of too much detail. My wife is always telling me… less is more. So far I’m not a very good listener and I suspect for the same reason as you may be adding more and more detail …. because we can and because it’s a challenge.
Keep on cutting and posting Mike. It looks great.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 02-05-2013 12:57 AM

Looking good Mike. I am happy you have enjoyed this. It is so good to see you back in the wood.
Stay well and stay warm.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 02-05-2013 04:45 AM

Cool! bloody red is what I had in mind. That will make a mighty and mean dragon.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 02-05-2013 11:12 AM

I keep thinking, Wow, this is really cool work and he plans to resaw this piece yet. I think you work here is amazing.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 02-05-2013 12:01 PM

Thanks Lee, Bob, Paul, Dave, Ian and Ken for the kind comments.

Paul Looking at my photo, I agree that the yellow doesn’t show up too good. That is mainly due to me fooling around with the color in my photo gallery editing program. Here is a more true color photo after de-editing. Still not optimal perhaps, but better.

I’m letting my emotions run the show on this project, and overnight I came to the same conclusion as you that less is more. I think the added yellow is what made me decide not to go wild. My intention now is to finish up the head and ears details, put a little white into the claws to make them look shiny and some white into the belly segments to give a shading effect and leave it at that. Next is the frame and I think that will be an interesting project in itself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 02-05-2013 12:04 PM

Coming along fantastic!
Keep on …. Keeping on!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#13 posted 02-05-2013 12:14 PM

Thanks John. It’s been awhile since you posted any new projects. I hope all is well there and that we will be seeing some great new work from your shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 02-05-2013 03:46 PM

Looking good, Mike. One of the important things for you is adding another skill to your repertoire. Now you can add elements of marquetry to other projects.

I’ve been piddling along on my network stack project, now down to putting the iron on edging on the plywood. Hopefully will finish it in time to post it while I am here vacationing…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 02-05-2013 04:28 PM

Hi Jim, Yes it is fun to learn something new, and I am also trying to use my scrollsaw more because physically it suits me better to work sitting more than standing these days. I think I am a kind of woodworking Gypsy, never staying in one place for very long. You’re current project sounds interesting. I always look forward to seeing the results of your well thought through projects.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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