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I've Got Swallows in my Rafters

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Project by shipwright posted 12-23-2016 01:44 AM 3267 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back a year ago when I was doing the marquetry for my Birds and Bees reversible box I experimented with a couple of different ways to do the birds on the sides. One of the ideas was to cut them from one veneer and watercolour dye them and another was to cut them from one veneer and just sand shade them as in the monochrome technique. (like this piece)

In the end I decided on traditional marquetry and set the trial pieces aside. ..... which brings us to last week when I was doing a tidy-up around my little shop here in Green Valley. I came across these little panels and thought they were too nice to just junk so I put them where real swallows would likely want to go anyway …. in the rafters of my shop.

I think they look quite at home there and they are no longer cluttering up the bench in my too-tiny shop.

Thanks for looking :-)

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





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#1 posted 12-23-2016 02:07 AM

Truly awesome work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-23-2016 02:16 AM

That’s just amazing Paul, I love this stuff. Beautiful.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#3 posted 12-23-2016 02:37 AM

They look very comfortable there…

Nice work as usual…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php

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#4 posted 12-23-2016 02:55 AM

They look settled in Paul, really great work. Merry Christmas to you and family.

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

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#5 posted 12-23-2016 03:09 AM

Paul, I think I prefer the watercolor over just shading. But both look respectable.

BTW, your “watercolour dye” link is broken.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 12-23-2016 03:19 AM

Thanks everyone. All fixed Rance, thanks.

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

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#7 posted 12-23-2016 03:22 AM

Pretty darn nice! No swallows around my shop, some Bats in the summer!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 12-23-2016 04:12 AM

Nice work, Paul!!

Jim

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

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#9 posted 12-23-2016 04:44 AM

I love this box, its so much more than that, I feel its beauty deserves a much nicer name than box, I think we need to come up with a much better description, I would love to work side by side and learn this process, I’m having a medical device trial period in January, if it is successful my world could possibly open to much grander abilities, you always do a fantastic job, you are so much more than a boat builder.

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

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#10 posted 12-23-2016 04:56 AM

As the old garage on the farmyard I grew up on had swallows in the same nest in the shop all summer; doors were left open.

I do like your swallows in the rafters. Very well done.

Some of them look like they are lining up to play the “bomb the cat game” that I often saw swallows play on the farm.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#11 posted 12-23-2016 08:20 AM

Looking good and I hope they don’t defecate.

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#12 posted 12-23-2016 09:30 AM

They look very realistic. Will they migrate to Canada for the summer???
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#13 posted 12-23-2016 10:18 AM

I love it. Pretty classy for a workshop.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 12-23-2016 11:29 AM

Paul, Paul, Paul. I have nothing to say. Wait…
No. I got nothing.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 12-23-2016 01:02 PM

Great Paul. I get the odd pair come into my workshop when the doors are open and I have to tell them “there’s no nesting sites in here boys and girls, go look somewhere else”.

Merry Christmas

-- Madburg WA

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