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Old 06-20-2010, 05:48 AM   #1
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Well here goes my first WIP...hopefully I can remember to take photos during the process instead of when everything is completed.

This is an original design based off a combination of reference and personal photos, modified clipart and just wingin' it...appropriate for a duck - eh!?! One of my dear friends encouraged me to try something besides my usual coastal themed artwork. Knowing she was an avid duck hunter I asked her what her favorite duck was, her answer was the cinnamon teal duck. She got out books and photos to show me, and I understood why. The colors are unbelievable...however, I wasn't sure if they could be translated to wood. So, this is my attempt of making a duck out of wood, a cinnamon teal duck that is - lol!

The overall size is roughly 38" x 30"...I know, very large, but I just hate small pieces . The center will have a 14" mirror in the center. The initial design took about 12 hours to complete, but I am asking myself why do a pattern as it seems I disregard it as soon as I started cutting - lol! I have spent the last three days cutting and this is what I completed so far.

List of woods (don't have my cheat sheet at the computer, so I will see if I can remember all of them). Male Duck - bloodwood, walnut, blue pine, poplar, yellowheart, chechen, wenge, mahohany and rosewood. Female Duck - cherry, lacewood, teak, and rosewood. Grasses & Such - poplar, yellowheart, teak, walnut, wenge and madrone.

Well..it's been a long day (yes, I am an extreme night owl) so I'm gonna post picts and call it a nite - or mornin', whatever it may be.
Any and all comments/suggestions are welcomed.
Thanx ~ Kim
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:38 AM   #2
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Great start. Great theme. I will be following this as you progress.
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Looks like a fantasic piece.....!!! Can't wait to watch it evolve..! I'll be lurking for sure.
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I love intarsia and inlay but I simply can't afford the exotic woods, which is why I use thinned paints to color my wood. Yea, I know...not the same, but I dodn't even have the tools for doing this type of work. I love it, though, and your project looks like it's going to turn out to be a real show-stopper. I'll be watching just so I get to see the finished piece.

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Ahhhh and now the sanding begins. I'll be watching as well this will be a keeper for sure. How much do your projects weigh?
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Suggestions, maybe offer some of your designs for sale? This is going to be one beautiful piece. I will be keeping a watch on the progress of this for sure!
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Yea, another WIP........love the project. Thanks for the photos.
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Beautiful start! I learn a lot from WIP's. Will be following this one with considerable interest. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanx everyone for the comments and following me on my WIP. I hope not to let ya down!

Fran - thank you for the vote of confidence on the patterns. I still have a lot to learn before releasing them, as mentioned in my first post sometimes I wonder why I spend time creating them, as soon as I start cutting they all go to the wayside - lol! I ended up 'free cutting' most of the grasses and lily pads. Now I have to go back in and fix the water when it's time.

Bubba - I do a lot of other scroll projects where I use paint...I believe as long as you are making sawdust ya can't be all that bad ;-)! On the exotic woods, there is a lot of other choices out there. Two that I use a lot are poplar and cedar (wcr) as you can get a wide range of colors just between the two. When I started out four years ago all I had was a jig saw, dremel tool and my mouse sander...little by little you will build up your toy (or is that tool) inventory. I promised myself I would not buy any new tools unless I sold my art, otherwise I would put myself in the toy poorhouse...I've gotten lucky and sold a few things - whew thank goodness!

Mike - the weight is a toughy...it all depends, some of my larger pieces have ranged from 30-50 lb. I'll put the Magnolia (and me...perhaps not) on my bathroom scale and see...let ya know in a later post.

Thanx Again ~ Kim
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Thanks for posting Kim....

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