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Project by Roger posted 06-23-2020 10:21 PM 609 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this and it took forever, it’s the first and last time I work with Madrone (I think). The problem is constantly running into pockets of bad wood, but it was also somewhat of a blessing because I didn’t know what I was going to make so I started removing bad wood until an idea came. The other thing was trying to get an even smooth surface was difficult, but I don’t stop until I’m happy, so it was a bunch of hours to complete it. I had the piece for 15-20 years and it was green when I bought it and a beautiful orange, well it dried and warped and oxidized turning very dark. I figured I would cut into it and the beautiful orange would be there again but not really so I don’t think it will stay looking like this for long I will have the photos and a very dark sculpture. To finish it I pondered many different ways not wanting to use lacquer because I wanted a high gloss and with all the curves you always sand through when rubbing it out. I also didn’t want to use oil because I tried that on Manzanita before and it made turn muddy brown, so I sanded it to 800 grit and then used 3m bristle sanders to bring it to a polished surface. From there I used jewelers rouge and buffing wheels followed with two coats of wax.





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ClaudeF

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#1 posted 06-23-2020 10:59 PM

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NaFianna

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#2 posted 06-23-2020 11:01 PM

Very nicely done. Cool figuring it out as you go.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#3 posted 06-23-2020 11:21 PM

Great piece and kind of cool that the wood played a huge part in the design.
Interesting how the wood tones will change.
You’ve done a masterful job at revealing the form in the wood.
Jon

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#4 posted 06-23-2020 11:49 PM

Today, it’s fabulous. Tomorrow, we gotta wait and see how the wood Gods treat it?

I laughed out loud when you said sanded to 800 grit. So many here advocating never to go past 220 because it ruins the finish. ?? about all that.

I hope it stays just as it is, for a lotta years.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 06-24-2020 01:09 AM

That’s amazing.

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#6 posted 06-24-2020 01:59 AM

Holy Moley, that is so cool!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 06-24-2020 02:30 AM

Roger your work is fantastic and fantastical, you have a great imagination and the skills to bring your ideas to life in the most beautiful way. Thanks for sharing.

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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#8 posted 06-24-2020 03:32 AM

A beautiful work of art. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#9 posted 06-24-2020 12:10 PM

Cool Carving!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 06-24-2020 01:49 PM

whatever path it was that got you there it was worth it,that is just gorgeous.

-- 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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#11 posted 06-24-2020 04:46 PM

I agree with all the comments – great job – great looking piece

-- socrbent Ohio

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#12 posted 06-24-2020 05:23 PM

Unbelievable piece. I haven’t a clue, even with your wonderful description, as to how such creativity gets from concept to finished results…such is not in my wheelhouse!
Beautifully done. I love it!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#13 posted 06-25-2020 02:40 AM

Beautiful piece that really plays well with the figure in the wood.

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

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#14 posted 06-27-2020 03:39 AM

Amazing, well done

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#15 posted 06-28-2020 02:30 PM

Great looking piece

-- Vince

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