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Project by Bob Collins posted 08-21-2015 08:56 AM 2285 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally succeeded in getting this ribbon to join up and mounted on a piece of red gum root. The piercing was done with my faithful Dremel set 30,000rpm. First coated with Tung Oil, then rub-on-poly and finally sprayed with spray-on poly. This was to be a practice piece using some old Oregon wood but it came up OK with the piercing and color. The bow was cut with the scrollsaw experimenting with angles, lots of wood wasted but this one will do the job. Is 450mm high and 300mm across. If you are going to try doing a ribbon just be patient and be prepared to spend a fair bit of time. Enjoy, for instructions on ribbons check my earlier projects for
Malcolm Tibbets web site.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 08-21-2015 09:41 AM

I would have to say a pretty spectacular effort there Bob !

Just out of interest when you finished did you check all your fingers and nails out for any stray holes.

Its got to be a bit tricky to photograph as well, You have done a great job as well not a blurr anywhere!

Humour: Have you now given any thought of taking up a career as a Dentist !!!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 08-21-2015 11:29 AM

I am totally amazed…Very interesting and what patience went into making it.

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#3 posted 08-21-2015 11:51 AM

Thanks guys, have to admit Robert, I left a bit of blood on the work bench. Bit late for a career change besides wood doesn’t scream.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 08-21-2015 11:51 AM

That is one sweet piece, Bob!! I love it….

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

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#5 posted 08-21-2015 11:57 AM

Absolutely gorgeous. You are very talented Bob.
So what’s next mate???
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 08-21-2015 12:08 PM

Thanks Jim, glad you liked it. Bob, another practice run and then hopefully be successful using some decent wood or else try and catch up to you with your great segmenting. Been watching the cricket, good to see Smith got the ton.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 08-21-2015 12:52 PM

You make the extraordinary look so easy with your skill level. Expanding your horizon seems to be the route you are on. Excellent work Bob.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 08-21-2015 02:55 PM

This is a beautiful piece, Bob.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 08-21-2015 03:02 PM

Excellent work Bob.
Tricky enough to get the ribbon just right, but all the detail work really makes this one special.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 08-21-2015 04:37 PM

SO, you are not only a good woodturner. You are multi talented man as well.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#11 posted 08-21-2015 09:13 PM

This is your best yet Bob, man there’s a few hours in this one, That man Tibbets can drive you bananas :) fabulous mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 08-21-2015 10:36 PM

Bob, you said you left a little blood on the workbench. My wife says it isn’t a project until I have bled on it. So far no drastic accidents but the little buggers have a way of getting you. BTW that is a lovely piece of work.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#13 posted 08-22-2015 12:00 AM

These things blow me away, Bob. Workbench blood: okay. Rule 1: Don’t get blood on the wood.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 08-22-2015 03:17 AM

Very, very cool. The detail is spectacular.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#15 posted 08-22-2015 03:26 AM

... besides wood doesn t scream.

- Bob Collins

In this case it would be cheering, Bob! Congratulations on your first…union(?)! Must of been very exciting when that last section slid into place. Question: do you pierce the sections before you do final assembly? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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