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Old 01-30-2014, 01:10 PM   #1
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Default leopard by Kerry Hallam

I have been working on this on and off since last spring. This is by far the most detailed, intricate, delicate piece of fretwork I have ever attempted.

It is the Kerry Hallam pattern called Sitting Pretty - on page 70 of Issue 47 of SSWC (spring or summer of 2012 I think). It is 15" wide by 11" high. I taped two pieces of A4 oak ply together. I am about 600 frets into it at this point and hope to have it done in the next few days since I think there are only 150 or so left to cut and many of them are large.

I am not really happy with the A4 oak ply. It tends to splinter and the thinnest pieces like to fall apart when the grain lets them. It does however cut easily with FD 2/0 spirals threaded through a #65 drill hole, and the grain and color of the ply is really nice. Maybe I will try 1/8" bb ply for my next one and hope that it stays together better.

I do believe that getting the pattern which is glued to the delicate blue painters tape off will be a royal pain. Much as I don't like to, I think I will adhere the pattern directly to the wood next time and use mineral spirits to get it off.

As usual, all constructive comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated.


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Old 01-30-2014, 02:51 PM   #2
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I did that for XMAS ,for my four sons ,will test you patience and desire ,turned out well ,I used clear shelf paper under pattern ,came off good though slow in big circle .working on smaller lion ,leopard ,wolf ,smaller is not easier .You did a great job ,the wood ,sometimes lets you down .
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I'm sure that everyone here is in awe of your present work. You're doing a great job and I really admire the fact that you use spiral blades, if I tried that with spirals I would have kindling wood. Once again, GREAT JOB.
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Nice cutting that pattern is next up, just finishing up an owl. Hope the have it done by this weekend.
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Looks like you are doing a fine job, George. I did the Stalking Leopard of Kerry's & it was a real challenge. I also did it with the FD 2/0 spiral. I use spirals on all of my pieces, except for some of the long & curved cuts. Did you have a particular reason for reversing the pattern ? I haven't had to try that yet. I really love a challenge now & then like this one & haven't decided to do it yet. Thanks for showing us. Good Job.
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Looks like he is coming out of the wood at you!! There is a new kind of tape, Stick & Release, 5' long 8 1/2" wide that is supposed to be very easy to release. Sheila Landry did a review of it in "the other magazine". It is rather expensive, but for something this delicate I would spend the extra $$ on it.

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Great job! Thanks for sharing and God Bless!

Perk, that is the back of the pattern to show what has been cut and to show the wood
instead of the pattern.
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Thanks for the nice comments folks. Perk, Spirithorse is correct. the paper pattern is the front and the wood view is the back of the second piece of A4 ply. I did finish cutting it yesterday and it ended with 736 frets. I have started to remove the pattern and tape and I was right...it is a pain. Mineral spirits next time for one this detailed. I will post a picture of the untaped result as soon as I can.

I only have two birthdays to make presents for this month so I will torch off any fuzzies next, glue it on a painted (green I think) backer, give it a couple of coats of poly and make a frame for it in my spare time. When it is all done, hopefully in the next two weeks, I will post the final pictures.

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Holi cow George, that is sure a lot of holes to drill.......it is coming out fantastic.
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Looking real good to me,great job.
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