Gifts for Artist Friend

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Project by Rockbuster posted 09-07-2015 04:58 PM 1535 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a friend that runs the Arts Department at St. Francis College here in Ft. Wayne . He recently hand painted and fired the ceramic figures for the Chess set that I made, starting in 1993,yes, I know, that was 22 years ago, talk about an ongoing project Hey!! I will post the completed set at a later date. I thought that it might be a nice gesture to reward him with some wood art, along with some monetary compensation. The first three pictures are of a segmented bowl complete with lid and finial, I believe that there might be a google eyed key chain there also. The bowl is made from a special plywood that came from some laminated floor boards sample sheet. The 4th picture is some lamination trickery inspired from some of Malcolm Tibbetts works. The 5th picture is just some strips of wood that was left from making cutting boards, guess that you could call this a small cutting board, or maybe a cheese board. Thelast picture is everything grouped together, the little fellow standing on the left is an egg made from spalted white oak. Everyone should have a turned wooden egg.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 09-07-2015 06:54 PM

Absolutely beautiful Don! I’m amazed at how many thing are going on here. So much to ponder about. That is a wonderful gift to give a good friend. I Hope you take a photo of the expression on his face when he sees this work of art. Excellent work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 09-07-2015 08:02 PM

Don, I’m breathless. The lidded bowl was, you say, made from a sample board of laminated plywood? Were the ovals in it? Or did you do that? Could you show me a piece of the stuff? If you did it, I’d sure like to know more about the layup. And the egg: You mean I’m not the only one who ever made an Homage to the ‘Umble Egg? In photos 4 & 6, you seem to have stacked two eggs on a pedestal. That’s just obsequious. And wonderful.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 09-07-2015 08:21 PM

Mark, If you look at the top of the lid, you can see just how this plywood is laminated, if you cut this in segmented fashion, and put it together, 12 segments at 15 degrees, and just start turning as usual. the ovals will present themselves more or less, depending on how much curvature that you put on the bowl. Photo 4&6 are nothing more than lamination trickery, google Lamination trickery, by Malcolm Tibbetts. Check this link out.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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Ronald G Campbell

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#4 posted 09-07-2015 10:16 PM

Great looking piece. Well done

-- Ron Campbell

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#5 posted 09-07-2015 11:43 PM

Some very nice work on show here :)
Well done

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

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#6 posted 09-08-2015 11:21 AM

All, very nice pieces. Good work.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 09-08-2015 01:23 PM

Wow Don, those are beautiful Mate, I’m sure your Artist Buddy will appreciate them. I love the ply effect.


-- 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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#8 posted 09-13-2015 08:58 AM

Very impressive work…Quality never goes out of style.

-- Life Member of: USA + NRA + USMC = Semper Fi to all three.

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