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Evolving Band Saw Project #5: More or less finished

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Blog entry by wyeth posted 1422 days ago 1310 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: More incorporation of random areas Part 5 of Evolving Band Saw Project series Part 6: Evolution continues - expect the unexpected! »

The reason I started this blog was to show a project that sort of evolved over time – at least a year so far – and illustrates one of the ways I seem to gain enjoyment from messing about in the workshop. I see a lot of small box makers who seem to work this way finding new and unusual ways of creating something from what seem to be left over cutoffs and so on.
Anyway I can now show you the finishing touches to this stage of my project – but it is still not finished.
It may become a decorative addition to some larger project in time.
The whole carving had now been coated with a pine sealer that will help if I decide to stain it later or may just remain as it is.
The little fish boxes have been attached using epoxy glue and a few strategically placed pins.

Here you can see the coral effect has been enhanced using one of those specially shaped screwdrivers as a punch.

And here I added a bit more pyrographic work to suggest fish scales.
The head end of the fish has had quite a bit more work – this is all meant to be semi-abstract of course – not by any means an attempt to be realistic.
There has been a little finishing work to this area.

And to this area.
As I said the boxes are now attached.
Sorry about the clamp impression – I’ll have to steam that out if I can.

And there we have it until I think of something else to incorporate it into.

Back view.

-- David Australia



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StumpyNubs

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#1 posted 1422 days ago

I’m impressed with the obvious level of skill it took to make this. But I have to say, it is just plain UGLY! Sorry.

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#2 posted 1421 days ago

Individually, I like the pieces. I would enjoy seeing it in person. I’m not sure of the joining of the two. Very nice work. I wouldn’t say ugly, but unusual would seem to fit. I have never felt that i have the ‘vision’ that an artist has to make art. I tend to do utilitarian things, like boxes. This adds a nice bandsaw box to a nice art piece. I hope you post the results when you add it to a larger piece.
Robert I just looked at your home. I’m 61 and often tell people I just make what I want. One of the benefits of being older and not always trying to impress anyone.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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wyeth

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#3 posted 1421 days ago

Thanks Robert,
This was just meant to illustrate how one thing can lead to another in a totally unplanned exercise which is really just practice work done using really cheap recycled or scrap material.
This kind of thing is a bit like rough sketching when looking for ideas that might lead on to some really new and original finished painting.I like very much the variety and workmanship in your work.

Jim,
I don’t mind providing the UGLY but now its up to you to provide the GOOD or the BAD so we can gain some idea of your particular tastes. Do you have anything to show?
David

-- David Australia

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