What the heck is a WIDA anyway?

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 02-25-2016 01:11 AM 1961 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t know what to call this flavor of ‘wood sculpture’, but the questions of some who’ve seen them has now helped settle that. Comments ranged from ‘What the hell is that thing, anyway?’, and ‘What’s it for, anyway?’, to ‘Yeah but, what’s it do anyway?’. There were possibly some other terms used too which may not be fit for a genteel publication, so I won’t repeat them here.

After giving some thought to it, I’ve decided to call these things “WIDA’s”, my new acronym for “What’s It Do Anyway?”

I have made several of these WIDA’s now and viewers seem to like them. They are made by combining bits and pieces leftover from other projects and there is a little bit of everything in them. This one has mahogany, oak, walnut, padauk, maple, pine and bits and pieces of other things too. The frame is rosewood and the overall finish is marine varnish. I save my interesting leftovers (if they are good stock) and then make a WIDA out of them when I have time and motivation. Taking an assortment of pieces I try laying them out and re-arranging them until the arrangement seems pleasing and right to me. This one took the better part of two days off and on between other things before it hit that sweet spot. I then take a picture and begin the process of finishing the pieces before I put it all together permanently using the picture as my guide. I like the composition to work with the leftovers I have on hand and try not to make any parts especially for the piece. Besides the frame, there is only one piece made specially for this one.

These are fun to make, make great gifts, and can be oriented for display anyway one chooses.

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#1 posted 02-25-2016 01:22 AM

Commendable usage of totally useless leftovers. Inexplicably interesting. Good work!!

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#2 posted 02-25-2016 01:57 AM

You missed your calling Erik. You are a real artist inside. These are getting better and better every time.
I love this one!

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

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#3 posted 02-25-2016 03:25 AM

Makes perfect sense to me. :-)

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

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#4 posted 02-25-2016 11:59 AM

This will take a couple of hours of scratching my head to figure out.

However, I have to admit it is interesting and a good use of scraps.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#5 posted 02-26-2016 05:12 AM

Amaizing and again very funny.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 02-26-2016 09:31 AM

Great piece of art! I like it very much!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#7 posted 02-26-2016 03:57 PM

Looks pretty dang cool!

But does it DO anything??

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#8 posted 02-27-2016 02:27 AM

I still don’t now what it do.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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