Plywood carving ‘The eye of the storm’

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Project by Diane Mc posted 08-30-2018 09:35 PM 2100 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another try at plywood, again started with making a block of plywood, and carved away, ended up very different from what I thought it would look like, but just like life not everything goes as planned.

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#1 posted 08-30-2018 11:48 PM

I like this vein of experimentation. It catches my interest.

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#2 posted 08-31-2018 12:34 AM

Outstanding design!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#3 posted 08-31-2018 12:49 AM

That turned out great Dianne. like the design and the result. You definitely have me interested in trying some of this art form. Keep them Coming.

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

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#4 posted 08-31-2018 12:57 AM

Thats pretty damn cool.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 08-31-2018 01:30 AM

Hard to believe it’s out of plywood. Good job ….....

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 08-31-2018 02:44 AM

I really like that, and couldn’t be more aptly named. Looks alive. I think you are getting better, this one has a lot more appearance of motion, which isn’t easy with wood. I think it’s the undulation.

Nice work. I don’t remember anyone asking what tools are you using? I’ve never done anything except cut plywood, and there is always a friable edge, unless you do something to prevent it. With that much entry into it, I would expect a lot more tear out.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 08-31-2018 04:35 AM

TherealSteveN, thanks for the positive feed back,
I have a couple of tools from Arbortec, that I love and they are great for getting the shaping done and lots of sanding. Being a newbie to woodworking, not 100% sure what you mean by ‘friable edge’ I,m going to take a guess at the raw edges, please correct me if I’m wrong, but have found that it all smooths out really well.

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#9 posted 08-31-2018 05:31 AM

Very impressed, you have a real artistic flair. I like what you are doing

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#10 posted 08-31-2018 05:39 AM

I think that’s pretty cool. Now yer getting into the abstract. Ever thought of adding a bit of dye or stain?

-- Mark

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#11 posted 08-31-2018 08:31 AM

actually – the eye of the artist
things like this just don’t happen, it takes an artist to “SEE” the end result way before it happens
and I love the plywood base, nice touch

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#12 posted 08-31-2018 02:16 PM

This turned out pretty cool. I think I might have to try making something like this soon.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#13 posted 08-31-2018 02:28 PM

Mark, so far I’ve used a tinted polyurethane to give a little color, I stained the underside of a bowl I made, partly to cover up the filler I had to use to cover up up the bad cut job I did

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#14 posted 08-31-2018 03:42 PM

very cool art piece.sometimes the wood takes you where it needs to go,and the result is beautiful.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#15 posted 08-31-2018 05:24 PM

not 100% sure what you mean by ‘friable edge’

- Diane Mc

Anything that can be easily crumbled, crushed, broken, sheared off could be considered friable, and plywood because of it’s multiple thin ply’s fits that bill. Baltic Birch a little less so because so much care is made to fill voids with the donuts/footballs they use, but along an edge it can crack away from it’s neighboring layer leaving large unsightly gashes. Even cutting it on a table saw is sometimes a chore to keep the edges clean. One of the main reasons track saws with their rubber edge lines are so popular. Going at it with a cutter head I would think it would make it more so.

From the looks of it, either that Arbortech head is great, or you have a gentle touch.

-- Think safe, be safe

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