Open Book (my version)

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Project by PapaGary posted 01-07-2021 12:43 PM 754 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve seen a lot of people doing the Open Book, but it was always just one carve. I decided to model this in Rhino where the cover was separate from the pages. I designed it in Rhino and then imported it into Aspire. I then added the hands thinking that would add to the uniqueness.

The cover was made from a recycled cedar fence, and the hands was made from maple. The pages was done using mdf, so knowing it would suck in the paint, I first sprayed it with clear lacquer, but still wanted the brownish wood to bleed through, so I hit with with steel wool. Then believe it or not, I stood 2-feet away and mist it with white, then gray primer, then hit it with steel wool again. Touched the flourish with a little red to highlight it, then hit it again with the primers. My painting technique probably could of used some professional help, but I think it turned out okay this time.

The picture doesn’t do it justice, but from across the room, it looks like a real book.


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#1 posted 01-08-2021 03:55 AM

Gary, That’ll the first time I’ve ever seen such a beautiful piece of woodworking art, though I’ve seen the words on the page many times.
Thank you sir.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 05-17-2021 04:44 PM

I don’t have even a thought that this is woodwork as it looks like a real book. This art associate with me with symbols in a separate peace novel. It’s a book by John Knowles, and I’ve written a summary of it for educational student resource. I’d like to have something similar at my library.

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