Bandsaw Horses, unicorns, and a pig

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Project by TDSpade posted 12-13-2013 06:33 AM 29483 views 17 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine (my ex-mother in laws ex-husband) is an artist. He has been making a living selling car art at car shows for about 15 to 20 years.

Any way when he was in town this last April I gave him a bandsaw reindeer and a copy of the pattern for the reindeer. I ask if he could work up a pattern for a bandsaw horse and a pig. And this is what he came up with. I had to tweak the pattern a little. After I had done about 22 of the smaller ones I noticed that the top of head neck arc was a little flat. I fixed this as you can see in the larger horses. I added a horn to few, instant Unicorns. I really haven’t done much with the pig yet. And have only cut out the one pig.

I have yet to talk to my friend about copy right issues. So at this point in time I can’t sell or give away the pattern.

The smaller ones are 5.4 inches tall by 3.1 inches wide by 1.3 inches thick. And are cut from doug fir 2×4’s.

The larger ones are 8.6 inches tall by 4.8 inches wide by 2 inches thick. Four are cut from pine, three from old red wood decking that I cleaned up in the drum sander and glued up.

Different color stains and dyes used as you can see. On the red wood horses I used boiled linseed oil and some shellac with some transtint red mahogany dye that was left over from my mitered box.

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#1 posted 12-13-2013 07:26 AM

nice set

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#2 posted 12-13-2013 10:59 AM

Very nicely done they look great, I am quite amazed they are done on a bandsaw….very cool.

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#3 posted 12-13-2013 01:26 PM

Nice job, but I would not worry too much about copyright. Animals in multi-dimension bandsaw art have been around for decades. I once found some animal patterns in Popular Mechanics magazines from just after WWII. Made some for my children. This was about 30 years ago. I would think any animal that someone cuts out of wood in a multi-dimension on a bandsaw would easily be in the public domain, or could not be rightfully copyrighted due to the commonality of the animal.

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#4 posted 12-13-2013 02:28 PM

I like These nice work.


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#5 posted 12-13-2013 03:13 PM

Very nicely done—I also like these.

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#6 posted 12-13-2013 03:31 PM

Love your wood choices. Great project.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-13-2013 04:23 PM

The animals are great Nicely done.

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#8 posted 12-13-2013 04:48 PM

very nice workmanship a really lovely modern take on one of the oldest designs around wonderful.Alistair

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#9 posted 12-13-2013 05:43 PM

Nice bandsaw project.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#10 posted 12-13-2013 06:31 PM

Very pleasing shapes. I would like a copy of the patterns when you get the issues worked out.

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#11 posted 12-13-2013 07:17 PM

great work, very nice

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#12 posted 12-13-2013 07:48 PM

Kids would love those. Wooden toys seem to sell well on ETSY.

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#13 posted 12-13-2013 08:12 PM

These are really cool. Great job

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#14 posted 12-13-2013 09:43 PM

Caught my eye for sure! Those are very cool band saw horses and unicorns! Well done.

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#15 posted 12-14-2013 03:27 AM

Very cool work, I sure like the dimensions that carvings display. Coolest bandsaw carvings I’ve ever seen. Guess they hold paper or something down, very well done.

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