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Blog series by wyeth updated 10-20-2013 02:17 AM 6 parts 18007 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: What to do with an old wooden spoon?

09-27-2010 10:01 AM by wyeth | 0 comments »

I created this about a year ago as a first band saw box project. First I had 2 small boxes that looked somewhat like fish but were only large enough for a couple of keys or maybe rings. Then got the idea of joining them using an old wooden spoon. The tip of the spoon became the fin ( draw-pull ) for the larger drawer and recently I added a bit of polished copper wire for the other fish drawer. Now I have to think of some use for this thing or something to add to the interest. ...

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Part 2: Bit of practice pine

09-27-2010 01:39 PM by wyeth | 1 comment »

From time to time I had done a bit of practice carving , pyrography and edge finger jointing on some scrap pine so I wondered if I could work this up into something to fit the underwater theme of the band saw project. The idea of a cuttlefish and its prey began to take a vague shape in my imagination. So I penciled in some outlines and started carving. Not very promising yet but things should get better.

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Part 3: Developing the Cuttle Fish

09-27-2010 11:11 PM by wyeth | 1 comment »

I started by working on the body,tail and tentacles of the Cuttle Fish. The idea with relief carving is to create shadow patterns that make the objects appear more 3-D than they actually are. To be effective they have to be correctly lit – usually by unidirectional light from above and to one side. The final display situation for the carving needs to be kept in mind. Small changes in lighting will make a large difference in the final impact. I don’t want this carving to look to...

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Part 4: More incorporation of random areas

09-28-2010 04:47 PM by wyeth | 0 comments »

I decided that the cuttlefish is attacking a fish as the wood looks a bit like a fish tail shape after I did some band saw outlining so I worked on giving more form to that area.The end of the wood has some finger-joint routing that seems to look OK. The area below the fishtail looks like a good place to shape some coral type formation.The eye of the cuttlefish is formed using 2 sizes of forstner bit on the drill press.The area below the cuttlefish seems to suggest the head of a fish ̵...

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Part 5: More or less finished

09-29-2010 04:31 AM by wyeth | 3 comments »

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 bec...

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Part 6: Evolution continues - expect the unexpected!

10-20-2013 02:17 AM by wyeth | 3 comments »

Nearly 3 years ago I halted this blog – perhaps a little discouraged that some found it ugly or at least disconcerting aesthetically.It sat about for years as things do but evolution comes in bursts as does inspiration.REALLY do we all find everything in nature beautiful? Not at all – but everything in nature is beautiful to at least some of us.So it is with Art and Craft. SUDDENLY THINGS ARE ON THE MOVE AGAIN. BUT HEY! What is this? and this It seems as if ...

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