Horse Mirror

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Project by Allison posted 01-04-2008 09:51 AM 1577 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a slice off of a slab of mahogony that a very generous nieghbor of ours gave me. Since I did not want to cut it, I just needed to figure out something I could do with it so that I could just leave it as is and this is what I did. I am always making what I call my “extras”, little singular items with no intent (at the time) with any particular pattern or plan for them so I gather these three horse’s, 2 are made out of black walnut, the other is my “mystery wood.” The cactus is made out of green poplar, the sun is a piece of pine . I read an article on how to stain wood with food coloring so I gave this a try with this sun. I just didn’t have any yellowish or orange wood laying around this size. I am not thrilled with my attempt at orange, yellow, however the concept of staining with food coloring I think could be a cool thing to try, for instance use red on a piece of pine and make the birds cardinals. The wood does show thru so you can see the grain etc. Sooo I think for the fun of it I am going to try a few things out. A bluebird or blue moon perhaps?Anyhow I just put all these items together and come up with some nifty name like “Horse mirror” LOL!And wa-la- I have made something with the slice of this slab!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 01:27 PM

That’s cool!

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 01:54 PM

the name is ingenious!!! :)
the art is spectacular.
well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 01-04-2008 06:12 PM

Allison -

Well done! Very interesting. I like all the different wood species.


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#4 posted 01-04-2008 06:41 PM

Wow, very nicely done. They have water-based stains of diferent colors available at local box stores. I used a diluted green for my jewelry hanger made of old doors, and it colored the wood very well. Just make sure you test the color on a scrap piece, or the back, before you use it on the project.

Very nice! Did you use a pattern, or did you draw it, yourself?

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#5 posted 01-04-2008 08:14 PM

You must be busy all the time. Do you sell a lot of your work? If not you should. This is another great piece.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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