frog box evolution

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Project by johnhutchinson posted 11-03-2014 02:03 PM 2535 views 7 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an experiment in frog box evolution. I made a pine kit, turned it over to a decorative painter, and told her to knock herself out without telling me what she planned to do. The results are in the photo album, along with her “model”.

The painter is Lori Andrews, she works at the local Woodcraft store, and she’s the master of all things finish.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#1 posted 11-03-2014 02:12 PM

I’m big fun of wooden toys. This one is coloured too – awsome!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 11-03-2014 02:17 PM

Very neat, John, you should put the second picture first. It is an eye catcher!!

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

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#3 posted 11-03-2014 02:19 PM

I like it a lot John and it is very well done, except for the markings on the forehead which to me resembles and eye, and somewhat confuses the design by detracting from the real eye. Not claiming that I’m right, just expressing my own impression. Others could well disagree with me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 11-03-2014 02:33 PM

That’s very cool. Where did you get the kit?

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#5 posted 11-03-2014 02:54 PM

Very cool.

-- -Todd

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#6 posted 11-03-2014 02:59 PM

I have an idea for a present for my granddaughter now. great job and thanks for posting

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 11-03-2014 03:04 PM

Great design—of course, and very creative painting. Looks like some kind of Amazon Tree Forrest species. As I recall from some biology class long, long ago, the “eye” pattern on the back of the head is or was thought to be some type of adaptation that would lead predators to believe the creature was looking at them, like “eyes in the back of their head.” This type of marking is also found in cobra snakes.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 11-03-2014 03:29 PM

The design has been a fun one to watch, but the paint job takes this to another level!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 11-03-2014 03:36 PM

Great design, awesome paint job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 11-03-2014 04:46 PM

Mike: What John C. said. She copied the actual frog markings. It’s not nice to mess with Mother Nature. :)

Steve: I couldn’t agree with you more. This one is really over the top, but we ain’t done yet.

Terry: I designed the box and made the kit as a what-would-you-do experiment. I always laugh when someone asks me how long it took to make the box. I always tell them 15 years … and that’s the truth.

Brian: You better start now. As I said, it took me 15 years. :)

The rest of you guys: Thanks !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#11 posted 11-03-2014 05:30 PM

Great paint job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#12 posted 11-03-2014 05:36 PM

Nicely done John but aren’t most brightly colored frogs poison…LOL ?

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 11-03-2014 06:21 PM

You both did wonderful work! Good for you in not being ‘finished’!

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 11-03-2014 07:18 PM

Man that paint job is over the top, soooooo kewl

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 11-03-2014 09:00 PM

Another frog box …. I could just croak! Judy kidding!

Extreme paint job.

Another outstanding job John!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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