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I’m looking to accomplish something similar. How would you transfer straight lines to this undulating work surface? What kind of stains/dyes would you use to accomplish this effect?

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#1 posted 04-15-2019 04:14 PM

Interesting problem!

My first thought is to first carve the flag. Then prepare the art as a flat flag. Photograph the art, then project it onto the carved flag from a straight on (90 degrees) position. Finally, trace the projected design onto the carved wood.

You could use stains or paint, but bleed would be a problem if done on unsealed wood. Use much thinned shellac as a sealer, then mask off and spray color.

Others may have a better solution. Lets see . . .

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#2 posted 04-15-2019 04:18 PM

I would say it started out in life as a flat wood panel
with different species of wood glued together like a cutting board.
then, a variety of power grinding tools to get the profile
and a whole lot of hand sanding to get it smooth.
the star “field” is probably a dark color wood with a blue or black “hue”
or even colored with a dye or paint after all the sanding is done.
the stars are probably made with a vinyl mask and carefully painted on.
regardless – it is a very nice piece.

here is another fine example:


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#3 posted 04-15-2019 04:33 PM

Interesting puzzle, will be interested to see what you come up with.
My contribution would be to make the flag on some thin stock, maybe laminate a flag made on plastic film, saturate it with water then place it on a flat surface with several odd shaped spacers underneath it and place the whole thing in a vacuum bag (like a veneer press) and suck the air and water vapor out through the pump, it should dry all wrinkled up to conform to the spacers.
Hope you let us know how you solved this.


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#4 posted 04-15-2019 04:40 PM

I’ve seen one done out if bloodwood and curly maple using the seperate stripes similar to the link below. But you could also stain/dye the wood red to use something else. Personally i would probably just dye some maple red, using the same wood for both stripes. Its going to look better than trying to masking tape and spray.

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#5 posted 04-15-2019 04:55 PM

You did not indicate that the colors went all the way through the wood. So the wood could have been sealed to prevent wicking of the stain or paint used and then carefully hand painted. I have seen master paintings where the fibers in a knit sweater are individually visible so if they can do that I’m sure straight lines could be painted on a curved surface. Straight lines and star patterns could be projected onto the flag with a laser light. The stars could have been done using a vinyl mask and painting in the blue background.

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#6 posted 04-15-2019 05:03 PM

I am thinking the whole thing is made out of some sort of plastic.


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#7 posted 04-15-2019 05:07 PM

Made the flag with maple and paduke, grinded the shape, taped off the star area, stuck on vinyl stars, stained over the stars by spraying stain lightly, a few coats, untape everything, pull off the vinyl stars, apply top coats.

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#8 posted 04-15-2019 05:12 PM

Sorry but that flag looks dumb. I think Leeroy has your solution though.

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#9 posted 04-15-2019 08:30 PM

Check out Eco Art Wood Design who makes them.

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