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Old 12-27-2007, 12:49 AM   #1
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Well this is post 3000 for me, I tend to talk too much
I guess I should put some info in here.

I have been working on the design for this project for some time.
I picked up a piece of reject instrument wood and fastened the pattern to it.
I even came up with a title for the piece.
This is my first "Art" piece
I call it Shadows of the Song
I have a few more instrument designs I want to work on and I have learned lots from this piece.
The figure of Handel is based on one continuous line. I say based on, because I split the line in two when I placed the jagged edge on the side of the violin. There is not much material holding the pieces in place.
Also the wood expands and curves causing some of the fine lines to disappear depending on the humidity. I think plywood with veneer may help this short coming.

As I sanded the cut piece on the thickness sander I see it slightly rounded some of the portrait edges. Next time I will use a backer board while sanding.
Either that or I will use the effect for a more three dimensional result.

I got the inspiration for this piece from some of the sculptures you can buy of jazz musicians. The piece is finished with Tung Oil.
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:00 AM   #2
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Adding another string to your bow, eh Carl?



Nice idea, but it needs a bit more attention to make it really work for me. I think you need to cut an image with lines that don't conflict with the width of the 'sound hole' (sorry - I don't know the technical name ). To be honest, I think relief cutting would be better than a shadow portrait. Also, it would be nice to break up the image in the same way that the wood has been broken; it would add emphasis.

Still, it's great to see your imagination hasn't suffered from an excess of Christmas turkey . You could be on to something big here - keep up the good work.

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PS congrats on the 3000 posts milestone
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Very nice, and I don't see a problem with talkativeness. I think I am talking at least as much, and there is someone else who is, I think, beating me there, so you are in good company. Great work, and make sure you keep sharing, to keep that number climbing.

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looking good carl, cant wait to see how it trns out, i also like the name
" Shadows of the song" sounds so much better than
"On the fiddle"
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I see what you mean Gill, perhaps if the sound hole was cut as fine lines rather than a solid piece.
Or conversely cutting out some of Handel so that the negative space ties both halves together.

I also like the idea of having part of the portrait missing.
Perhaps I can cut another f hole on the opposite side that will balance the design. There is a spacial void above the portrait, I think a fingerboard of a dark wood will also tie both sides together and fill in the void.

Thanks for all the input.
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G'day Carl,
Very nice.

Steve, That's the difference between Carl and you and I. we'd have called it "On the Fiddle" and had a nice piece of scroll work. On the other hand, Carl calls it "Shadows of the Song" and has a piece of art.
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I kinda like the on the fiddle title
I could have called it Fiddlin around too
Funny how I chose a fretless instrument to do fretwork
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Neat idea Carl. Gives me all sorts of ideas for old guitars I have laying around.
As far as the bad puns, I think you pretty much covered them all, hehehehe. Of course, you could mount it on a doll-house and have your very own fiddler on the roof.
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I appreciate those of you who can come up with different concepts. My brain is rather pedestrian, all I see is a shark attack violin. Keep up the good work though, because many out there appreciate "different" art.
I don't mean to insult........just being honest from my view.
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