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Forum topic by Crash1302 posted 10-11-2016 12:36 PM 512 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-11-2016 12:36 PM

First off, I’ve never been good at selling myself or showing off anything I’ve made. I was a robotics programmer in a machine shop until I was diagnosed with diffuse scleroderma last year. Scleroderma, at least in my case, is turning my skin, cartilage, and muscle into scar tissue. Scar tissue doesn’t flex, so I’ve lost a lot of use of my hands. This meant I no longer had a place at the machine shop. My team of doctors diagnosed me as progressive and terminal, and I was fast-tracked through the disability process.

Anyway, my doctor suggested I find a suitable hobby to keep my spirits up and stay active. Being a machinist without a machine shop, I was at a loss. My brother brought a dremel, some bits and an old Chevy piston and asked if I could make a skull like one he had seen on facebook. No problem. 40 hours of cussing at the wrong bits, it turned out great. He posted some pictures on facebook and I made and sold a few.

Last week, I was cleaning in the shop (actually looking for inspiration), and ran across a 4×4 post and decided to try something on a larger scale. It only took about 4 hours, but I don’t think it’s too bad for my first attempt with junk wood. I got a little carried away and made it too dark.

My second attempt was a dragon head, also made from scrap 4×4. I’m pretty proud of this piece. I made a pocket underneath for cone incense and vented it up through the nostrils. I did a light burn to highlight the grain, airbrushed the teeth, then a coat of poly to seal it up.

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#1 posted 10-11-2016 01:32 PM

Bummer on the diagnosis, but the woodworking looks good.
Keep up the spirit with activity. Live all ya can, and do good for others.


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#2 posted 10-12-2016 12:21 AM

Very amazing work….

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#3 posted 10-12-2016 12:45 AM

What Bill said. Keep fighting the good fight.

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#4 posted 10-12-2016 12:48 AM

Very cool work! Share anytime

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 10-12-2016 01:54 AM

Very nice.
Wishing you the best.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#6 posted 10-12-2016 01:57 AM

Work with what you have, and you have done well on those creations. Keep up the fight!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 10-12-2016 02:43 AM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Here’s a quick look at what I’m working on now, before I move on to putting together a project post. Venom, from Spiderman:

First, the concept

My “customer” supplied the 4×6 barnwood (hence the split). I had to make a few changes to the tongue and the shape of the head to fit the piece of barnwood. I’m not sure yet, how I will reinforce the crack so it remains stable. I’m leaning towards a black epoxy, since this will be finished very dark. With the exception of the sylized proportions, I’m pretty happy so far.

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#8 posted 10-14-2016 11:02 PM

So sorry to hear about your disability. But, with your talent, you could create figures for the movie industry!!


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

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#9 posted 10-15-2016 12:27 AM

Almost finished:

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