Lemonde from Lemons #2: Making Mountains with Patron

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Blog entry by Mary Anne posted 08-13-2011 05:44 PM 2442 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Part 1 is here.

Don’t you just love the creative process? The way one idea builds upon another, then sometimes morphs into something else entirely? This is one of my favorite parts of any project. It was made so much better sharing the process with fellow LJ buddy, David (patron). The first leap was from conventional, straight across boards through several ideas, to mountains matching the view from my home. How the heck are we going to do that? (Yes, I admit I can be pretty free with using “we” when someone else is doing the work. LOL) My ceiling became something like a giant intarsia project.

One of the things that struck David about the view from up here (when it wasn’t too foggy for him to see it!) was the many layers in the Blue Ridge mountains. If you have ever traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway or hiked the Appalachian Trail, then you know what I mean; you can see row after row of overlapping mountains. Depending on which direction you are pointed, on a clear day you can see peaks all the way in Tennessee or Virginia from my house.

Anyway, back to the project…
David’s first idea, I believe, was to do the mountains one at a time, like in a conventional intarsia project, with grain direction also working to denote separate mountains. That would have been cool, for sure… but it probably would have meant him spending the winter here to do it! Back to the drawing board—or bandsaw as the case may be. How about doing a few rows of mountain silhouettes? Here is David’s sketch out of scrap:

Yeah, we like it!

Here is a section laid out on the table partially cut, rounded over, and nearly ready to go up:

And here’s the big version on the ceiling:

Looks great, doesn’t it? But still, it would look even better if we could get more of the overlapping thing going. Maybe we could cut them into pieces? But David was already having a time holding them against the ceiling as long boards. (I’m sure he’ll detail that part in his blog(s)) Ooooh, how about routing some grooves? Hey, there is an idea! But straight grooves, or even chamfered ones wouldn’t match the roundovers in the rest of the design. I eventually came up with this baby that I found in my Big Box o' Bits from Eagle America. Those of you who make signs and lettering are probably familiar with it, but it was a new one for us.

Perfect!!! Check out the difference. Those added lines give it a lot more realistic look of the famous overlapping layers of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Then there are the “sunbeams”. There was a whole lot more geometry than went into them than one would think. And even more of David’s jigs and ingenious supports to get them up on the ceiling.

Here is a progress shot of the first few beams fitted into place:

Then there is that big, flat spot at the top… I’ll save that for the next chapter.

Thanks for reading; I hope you enjoyed this part of the journey. And thanks, again, to David for all his efforts.

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#1 posted 08-13-2011 06:08 PM

Incredible… what else is there to say!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 08-13-2011 06:19 PM

this is a really nice story. I’m happy for the both of you; you get some incredible work done (seriously, who gets to have the outlines of mountains on their walls??) and David gets good company and work.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 08-13-2011 06:21 PM

thankĀ“s Mary Anne
looking forward to the next installment


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 08-13-2011 06:28 PM

Great to watch this Mary Anne! It is fun to see it come to reality. Great blog and wonderful teamwork! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 08-13-2011 06:56 PM

WOW!! That is quite a project!! Nice work. Better feed him a little extra, see if that develops more imagination ;-))

-- 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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#6 posted 08-13-2011 08:01 PM

cant wait to see how this went and the road to get there is so much fun…this is a beautiful room, just hurry up with some more here mary ann…i dont like the waiting…lol….......grizz

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

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#7 posted 08-13-2011 09:11 PM

I too will be waiting with baited breath for the next installment in the Blue Ridge Mountain saga.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 08-14-2011 02:36 AM

The view from inside your house will be as good as outside! I can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#9 posted 08-14-2011 03:14 AM

Look’in Great…..

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 08-14-2011 03:20 AM

Love it! You will always see your mountain outlines no matter what the weather outside!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 08-14-2011 04:06 AM

I came back for another look and had an idea, it might be too much work but I thought “how about painting or dyeing each layer of the mountain like the color in the picture?” Something to dream about? Anyway, enjoy it as it is for now!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Bob Kollman

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#12 posted 08-14-2011 06:27 AM

Mary, you have a beautiful home with a great view. The work you and David, have

done is creative and first rate!!!! Where did the mountain paneling idea come from???

Wonderful design concepts!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 08-14-2011 03:45 PM

But when will the Blue Ridge Mountain saga TV series come out?

Seriously though that is some beautiful panelling

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 08-14-2011 07:27 PM

as you can see folks

two minds are better than one

the room had it’s own demands too

so solving these problems
was a real challenge
and of course had to be done in a way that pleased
and was easy on the players
the final goal was for MA to be able to ENJOY
the time and anguish (from previous builders)
she had to endure for so long

i think we did a decent work together

enjoy the tub
and the room MA
and thanks again
for everything

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 09-21-2011 01:06 AM

Wonderful David! Lucky MaryAnne! :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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