Swan River Crab

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Project by grosa posted 09-29-2010 11:36 PM 2774 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This crab was carved in poplar.There is a piece of 1/4” x 1” steel that goes through the claws, down the center of the arms and into the body with 15 screws in it on each side. The thickest part of the crab was 4 and 1/2” thick. I gave it a thick coat of primer. By putting the spray gun close and pulling away and then pushing forward again it causes ripples in the primer. The primer was so thick it took 3 weeks for each side to dry. the crab was painted with Home Depot spray paint cans. I did not use any brushes or tape I just let the colors fade into each other. The letters were cut from plywood, primed and painted. The letters were glued on with epoxy. After drying for two days I sprayed 7 coats of satin lacquer. The last picture was how I first sprayed it. I went down to the bay and caught a blue crab. I painted it like the real crab but the owner did not like it, he said it looked to real. He is the one who chose the colors on the finished piece. I like my first colors better. What do you think?

-- Have a great day.

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 12:23 AM

mmmhhh… all of the sudden I got hungry….. nice job! yes I agree with you… I like the way you painted the first time but hey! is what the customer wants right??? lol…even tho they are not right all the time.. lol

-- "Does this lathe makes my butt look big?"

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 12:35 AM

Awesome !!
This looks like it was a fun project for you.
You are very talented : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 01:02 AM

Just needs the butter…that is, something else. Nice results.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 01:39 AM

The details/texture of the claws are great!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#5 posted 09-30-2010 01:40 AM

That’s great. Nice job. Really good advertising….............for you too…..............very cool…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 09-30-2010 03:00 AM

niice carved and maybee the first colour was the best but I think you made a great finish
on the crab
and even thow it was only a half hour since I last eat a big meal I´m hungry again , better go and tjeck the fridge

Take care

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 04:04 AM

His ‘red’ legs do accent the ‘Restaurant’ (think “X”) and catch the eye – which is the point of a sign. Another thing that catches the eye are the primary colors: Red Yellow Blue. Looks as if he’s got them all.

I’ve seen some really bad signs – letters too small, or weirdly shaped so you have to ‘figure it out’. No one takes the time to do that. Take a look around your neighborhood and you’ll see what I mean.

So, the owner may appear to be ‘crabby’, but I think he’s picked a winner! Even if you don’t read English, you know what he’s selling!

Nice job btw! Very expressive….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#8 posted 09-30-2010 04:57 AM

Very nice. Thanks for sharing the process. Your work is true to the subject, but his is for the public attention. I agree with you, but as everyone says – he paid the bill. Very artistic and nicely constructed. Three weeks per side??!!!! Wow – patient, aren’t you!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#9 posted 09-30-2010 05:16 AM

YEP! I like your Paint Job better for authenticity! BUT! The Woodwork Part Is Incredible! Nice work!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 09-30-2010 05:17 AM

I like it alot. You did a great job and the owner should be very happy..even though the colors he chose were not as good as the ones you chose…but money talks…

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#11 posted 09-30-2010 06:36 AM

Well, I reckon the customer is always right, but at least you were able to please him. I liked your first treatment best. Really good work!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 09-30-2010 12:37 PM

Thank you everyone. Even though I tried to make it look life like, you guys are correct his color pick is more visible. The crab was about 3’ x 3’ and was 53 lbs

-- Have a great day.

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#13 posted 10-11-2010 08:03 PM

A 53 pound Crab! I looked and re-looked at the colors. My take is similar to the others’. I think that if the carving was going up on my wall I would prefer the more realistic coloring… which was very nicely done. And then, now that you have obliged the shop owner, I can also see how attractive (as in ‘Attracting’) the crab is as a sign. That had to be right fun to make !

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#14 posted 10-30-2010 04:22 AM

All I can say is, ”WOW!!!!!!!!!!”

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#15 posted 11-04-2010 07:16 AM

Just noticed this one when I visited your project site.
Wow he is cool. Great paint job.

-- Theresa,

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