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"Grace"

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Project by Triumph1 posted 11-26-2018 07:53 PM 889 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since creating the last hood ornament mount I have become hooked! Taking something from the past and making it come alive is addictive. “Grace” is the newest piece. It is a 1942-50 Packard hood ornament. You can call it a swan but after some research it was claimed to be a cormorant (I still think its a swan). I just call it a great estate sale purchase.

The top was made from a flame crotch cut of black walnut. I went through my entire pile of wood to find the piece whose grain accented the piece the most. I carved a mounting location into the top for the ornament and used the mounting holes to create two dowel pin attachment points. I sketched on the wave pattern paying close attention to the grain and then carved all the waves using a Foredom, Dremel, riffling rasps and riffling files. I filled two knot hole areas with epoxy. I just wanted to capture as much movement as possible…like it was coming in for a landing or speeding up to take off.

The base was made from curly maple. Once I had the ornament mounted on the black walnut I placed that onto the basic base shape. You will notice in the second picture how I tied in the curve of the swans back with the curve of the base. I also followed the curve of the wings with a carved out section in the base. The curly maple also acts as the “shimmering” water under the waves. You can see that more when you walk past it. I used a bandsaw cabinet rasps to shape the base.

I finished “Grace” with four soakings of Danish Oil followed by two wipings of wax. Thanks for looking! Time to make more sawdust.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!





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#1 posted 11-26-2018 08:35 PM

Those waves looks awesome.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 11-26-2018 08:45 PM



Those waves looks awesome.

- majuvla

Thank you Ivan!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#3 posted 11-26-2018 09:16 PM

Well done and very creative.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#4 posted 11-26-2018 10:41 PM

Beautiful piece of art -well thought and executed great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 11-27-2018 12:29 AM

Wow! So cool! Beautiful job on those waves.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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shipwright

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#6 posted 11-27-2018 01:03 AM

The notifications aren’t working well these days but none was necessary here. One glance and I knew whose project this was. Excellent work again, both in vision and in execution.
Can’t wait for thé Jaguar!

-- 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 11-27-2018 03:01 AM

Excellent!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 11-27-2018 02:31 PM

WOW this is amazing!!!!

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 11-27-2018 02:41 PM

Absolutely fantastic. I like everything about this piece. The waves in the walnut look so nice.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#10 posted 11-27-2018 03:48 PM

Bravo! Very beautiful.

-- My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DmitriyDovzhenko/videos

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Triumph1

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#11 posted 11-27-2018 05:18 PM

Well thanks guys! This one was definitely a fun piece to work on. I have one other hood ornament in the finishing state and four more waiting for mounts…I’m hooked!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#12 posted 11-27-2018 06:10 PM

Elegant looking piece, nice mix of woods and metal!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 11-27-2018 06:15 PM

GREAT!

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

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#14 posted 11-27-2018 06:24 PM

That’s a beautiful piece of art. The mixed woods and metal all enhance each other.

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#15 posted 11-27-2018 07:42 PM

That is really beautiful work. The water surface is perfect, and the base compliments it and the ornament so well. (I’m also with you on the swan vs. cormorant thing; that bird looks too graceful to be a cormorant.)

-- Ron Stewart

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