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"Blur"

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Project by Triumph1 posted 01-22-2019 02:45 PM 1089 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you saw my last project you would understand this one a bit more. I am hooked on the process of turning old hood ornaments into sculptural pieces…of course some of them naturally are. I call this piece “Blur” and it uses a 1959-64 Nash Rambler hood ornament.

The process starts by making a template of the curve of the hood ornament. I use that to start designing the shape of the piece. Mainly trying to blend all the curves with the actual hood ornament. When the basic design is done I transfer it to a piece of paper and attach it to the main piece of wood I will be starting with. In this case it was an insanely figured pieced of birdseye maple. After the initial cuts I figure out the mounting scheme of the hood ornament so that I can temporarily attach it to the wood. Once that is done I can trace around shape of the hood ornament so I have a reference line on where to shape the wood. Then fun part starts…the shaping. The rough shaping is done with a Foredom rotary carver. All the fine tuning is done with rasps. When doing this piece I left the shaping on the bottom portion until last. I wanted to add a different wood to the bottom to give it more of a solid feeling. The base is made of of rosewood and a piece of ash veneer.

“Blur” is finished with four soakings of Danish oil and then waxed twice. I hope you enjoy it. Time to finish up my Oldsmobile Rocket one now!

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





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SPalm

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#1 posted 01-22-2019 03:53 PM

What fun.
You sure have an eye for design.

A true museum quality piece.

Good work.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 01-22-2019 03:55 PM

intresting … great use of other wise junk GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 01-22-2019 03:58 PM

Visually very appealing to me. Your craftsmanship make it stand out. Third one is a charm like the previous 2.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 01-22-2019 03:59 PM

Very interesting piece, and idea. A great finish and look.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 01-22-2019 04:11 PM

Unique for sure.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 01-22-2019 04:43 PM

You sure know how to create interesting sculptures using wood and other things!
Great piece. I look forward to your next creation!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#7 posted 01-22-2019 05:02 PM

Very nice sculpture, great workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#8 posted 01-22-2019 05:09 PM

Sorry, I thought it was a spaghetti measurement device. LOL! When I saw the shark fin, I knew it must be Wifi.

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#9 posted 01-22-2019 07:55 PM

Very cool!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#10 posted 01-22-2019 08:43 PM

It’s unique and well executed! I think you are going down a creation path!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 01-22-2019 09:23 PM

I’m liking them all.
Keep’em coming.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#12 posted 01-22-2019 09:38 PM

I am very happy you are liking them guys! Thank you for all the kind comments. They are definitely an avenue I will be frequently visiting. I have already started to collect a small horde of ornaments to work on.

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

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#13 posted 01-23-2019 04:02 AM

So Jeff, been to Venice?
This really reminds me of the “ferro di prua” or bow iron of a Venetian gondola. They have six tines to represent the six districts of Venice but the resemblance is certainly there.
Your work always demands several returns to look again.
Another great piece!

-- 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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#14 posted 01-23-2019 06:20 AM

An artist I know said something like, put some small detail into a piece that no one will notice. Don’t talk about it. Just put something somewhere. When people find it, their heads will spin. Your attention to detail, that little “extra touch,” will take its visual appeal over the top, for someone.

And, this is why I read the comments on my Buddies’ posts. Paul’s comment sent me back to the photos. That but of veneer in the base, for me, sent this Thing over the top. I don’t know how much more clear I know how to be on this. Other than to say that, when I noticed that little, unnecessarily humble detail, this Thing went from “that’s nice,” to “that’s extraordinary.”

And then, it went to my Favorites folder.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 01-23-2019 12:30 PM

I like it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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