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03-24-2014 12:54 AM

A friend gave me a small stack of this olive burl veneer and the moment I saw it I knew what it was destined to become, not so much the object but the marquetry image. I have never had a piece of veneer speak this clearly to me. It shouted.

The project is in the finishing stages now and will show up in a few days but I thought before I reveal it I would post this image and see if anyone else sees the same thing in it that I did.

1) What do you see in this veneer?
2) Was it immediately obvious or did it come to you after contemplation?

As we are all different and have different interests and thought processes I think it will be interesting to see what others find in this piece. That said, I’m almost positive some will see what I did.

Thanks .


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

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 01:10 AM

Upper right a birds head

Left side, lower middle reminds me a a little doggy we had.

Top middle, scary old man, ghoulish.

Center, right-middle, scary women.

Lower right, another women face, maybe calling that dinner is ready, I’m hungry.

Will look to see what you see. I wonder, is their is a correct answer for a Rorschach test?

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 01:14 AM

I definitely see a map Paul…Water and land with some islands.

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#3 posted 03-24-2014 01:19 AM

+1 for a map. Come on now what did you make????

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#4 posted 03-24-2014 01:19 AM

central left looks like a fish head, and below that a little bird, lower central a lobster or other crustation.

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#5 posted 03-24-2014 01:21 AM

Looks like an elephant to me.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 03-24-2014 01:22 AM

topo map of a lake bottom…..

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#7 posted 03-24-2014 01:24 AM

Yep, a map. And that was before I read the other responses.

Edit: Oh wait. Are those Ives I see? This must be Burl Ives.

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#8 posted 03-24-2014 01:25 AM

I see a map of the Mediterranean with France and Spain to the west and Italy to the east with the islands and ocean currents .
You being a sailor I can see you having fun working with this beautiful and fascinating piece of olive burl veneer ,even the wood type fits this area of the world .

Thanks for the preview tease and the good fun . Klaus

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 03-24-2014 01:25 AM

I see a veneered box with the plain part on the sides and the figure on the top and front!

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

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#10 posted 03-24-2014 01:28 AM

Discounting the face on the lower left side – I see a huge breasted eagle. The breast takes up most of the burl and the beak, eye, and head are at the top. Came to me after about 20 seconds.

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#11 posted 03-24-2014 01:43 AM

I instantly saw an old map. coastlines, water currents, Islands…

And your a boat builder and sailor, so….that might have influenced me just a bit.

I’m typically not a big fan of most burls, but that’s a nice score.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#12 posted 03-24-2014 01:51 AM

I can’t explain why but what first came to my mind was Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam from the Sistine Chaoel.

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#13 posted 03-24-2014 01:58 AM

Looked like a campfire blowing up smoke at first. However after some thought an old timey map would be perfect.

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#14 posted 03-24-2014 02:30 AM

An elephant with trunk raised. Jumped right off the screen. Can’t wait to see what you saw and created with it. You never fail to amaze.


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#15 posted 03-24-2014 02:30 AM

on the left side i see a fish head getting ready to get a fly lure…lol…its funny what we all see, im sure what you saw was much more creative than a fish face …lol.. and then center right, i see an old women face looking at an old mans face….

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

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