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|12-28-2007, 02:54 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Northwest New Jersey
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This is my first cutting after the Christmas "Blitz". Designed by Gary Browning from his book, "Wild West Scroll Saw Portraits". Cut on 1/2" Catalpa, no stain or dye, natural lacquer finish, 1/4" Oak ply backer painted flat black. I think this piece of wood lends A LOT to the cutting. Note the "tear drop" on his left cheek. Comments and critiques please.
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|12-28-2007, 04:42 PM||#4|
Very nice cutting and the wood is beautiful. One suggestion: When cutting portraits use thinner wood. The piece looks great straight on but from an angle you loose a lot of the definition because of the thickness of the wood. Just a suggestion.
|12-28-2007, 05:12 PM||#5|
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Very well cut Dave. I really like the wood and agree with your assessment regarding the grain adding to the cutting. I rarely cut portraits out of more than 3/8" so I'm kind of in the same frame of mind as Tom.
I haven't seen Catalpa before, does it go by any other names? I can see a few nice projects with that wood.
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|12-28-2007, 05:26 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Janesville, WI
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Dave, nice job on the cutting. The grain works well. Just wondering why you used 1/4" oak plywood as a backer then painted it black? I usually use 1/8" luan plywood and stain or paint it.
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|12-28-2007, 06:24 PM||#7|
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That's a great cutting, and you found a very nice piece of timber to use.
I think I like the way you used the timber as a frame in itself better than adding a frame.
(Does that make sense)
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|12-28-2007, 07:04 PM||#8|
if its what i think it is, catalpa Biganoides is the Indian Bean tree, although i have only seen and sell the living version, (comes in handy working at a garden centre)..
|12-28-2007, 07:43 PM||#10|
Join Date: Nov 2007
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Catalpa is a hard wood grown in the US and Canada. My son got me a large hard back book for Christmas. "WOOD IDENTIFICATION & USE" so if anyone needs any info on wood I'll be glad to help....Very nice cutting Dave
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