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  • My Quilt Block

    Well, been without a digital camera for awhile (they DO NOT like to be dropped on concrete ) so borrowed one to post this.

    Cut out of 3/8 lightly spalted silver maple on walnut. The wood was "too" pretty to fret up, so came up with a map of Alaska. Hopefully I can snag the top left corner of the quilt. Used FD#3 blades, Danish Oil finish and still need to glue up on a plywood backer board. Will probably make that a little "proud" of 5x5 in case my five inch ruler is a different size than BobD's 5" ruler (don't laugh too loud, I've seen it happen......). I also included some products from my newest shop addition, a Jet mini Lathe VS (moose antler pens...)

    Comments - good and bad, are welcome!


    Charity quilt block (600 x 450).jpg

    Alaska+pens (450 x 600) (413 x 550).jpg
    Last edited by bearfretworks; 05-03-2006, 09:13 PM.
    ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

    D. Platt

  • #2
    What a fine looking state in which you have sawn!!!! And the pens are great too. Doesnt that antler have the most lovely smell when drilling or cutting??? I have turned a few pens from whitetail antler, and I have a moose antler to someday scroll a scene into. One comment on your quilt square. Be sure to place Alaska on the backer so theres some free space around it so it fits in the rabbet Bob is mounting them in. And yes, I think that should go in the upper left as well!!! Looks nice. Dale
    Dale w/ yella saws


    • #3
      Now that is some nice work. I bet you had to take cair of the tails of your state sticking out. now to glue it on to your backer board. little too. you will do your country proud. I love the spalted wood. I can see why you didn't wont to do any fret work. looks great the way it is. your friend Evie


      • #4
        Thanks Dale and Evie, I appreciate the kind words. Even though it is nothing fancy, it has special meaning to me - thats why it is going to the quilt. I didn't feel brave enough to include all the islands. At the small size we are limited to, they'd have been REALLY , REALLY tiny and the bulk of Alaska would have been about 1 1/2" tall!!! I am going to do a bigger version, complete with the Aleutian Island chain someting this tourist season, as I think it would sell quickly!

        And the antlers weren't bad smelling to me, kind of like being at the dentist's office. I have turned some MUCH stankier wood than these antlers. FWIW, the antler pens go out the door as fast as I can make them....ka-ching!
        ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

        D. Platt


        • #5
          Great job on the quilt blocks, I love em.
          The wood selection is good too.

          I am still considering cutting anters, I have a native friend who has lots of moose, but I don't want to do it indoors.
          And as BobD reminded me, wear a mask, there are nasty bacteria in there.

          I was thinking of doing another block, maybe for the next quilt, with a Map of BC as a background and a Dogwood on the front.

          I like what you did so I will wait for round two
          "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
          Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


          • #6
            That's a nicely cut piece which I'm sure will work well on the quilt. Even I could recognise it as Alaska, and I'm ignorant .

            There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
            (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)


            • #7
              That is very pretty wood you have used which has made a ovely piece for the quilt. I think it is good that you have made a piece that has a lot of meaning for you because that's what it is all about.
              Cheers. Teresa .


              • #8
                Good work. I like the wood of the state and the contrast of the two. Still working on mine.


                My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut


                • #9
                  Nice work Bear

                  Very nice woods and scrolling.

                  This looks really good by itself, but if I can make a suggestion:

                  Why not add a small piece of scrolled lettering with the name of the state, (and maybe it's motto)?

                  Something like :

                  And you think Canada gets cold?


                  PS: Those pens are really nice looking, but as Carl said: Wear a mask, the dust from moose, caribou or deer antlers will do nasty things to your lungs (carcinogenic) along with the bacteries they contain that could hurt you as well.
                  DW788. -Have fun in the shop or it isn't a hobby anymore.

                  NOTE: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.


                  • #10
                    Nice job on your quilt block,I think you picked some good looking wood for your
                    project. You make your state look proud!
                    Delta P-20


                    • #11
                      very nice...

                      I wish I had found this site earlier....I would of committed to a square...
                      I know..I still have time...but this is a busy time of year for me, I work for a school district and it getting close to graduation time and I already have a couple projects planned between now and then...

                      I can't wait to see the quilt all together....
                      when it's done I hope there is a thread with pictures of everyone square...

                      Hawk G-4 Jetcraft
                      Fish are food, not friends!


                      • #12
                        Trout - you have until August, plenty of time (your work is awesome by the way).

                        Marcel - I actually played around with adding "ALASKA" and "THE LAST FRONTIER", but no matter what font I used it or where I placed them, it changed the look (in my opinion) from "art" to "tourist trinket". I'll keep playing with that idea though `cause it IS a good one.

                        Thanks to all for your comments and suggestions, they are appreciated.

                        And I've got to ask, where is the bacteria in antler coming from? While I appreciate the genuine concern for my health, that sure sounds unscientific and more like an urban legend. FWIW, I dod wash them with a bleach water solution before turning....
                        Last edited by bearfretworks; 05-05-2006, 12:03 AM.
                        ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

                        D. Platt


                        • #13
                          Yes it is great. And the wood is beautiful. My problem, and it only mine. Is that when I look at it now I can't help but see an abstract phoenix. Turn it a neg 45 so the dark center strip is up down and you might see the same thing.

                          I do like it as a stand alone piece w/o the wording. I thing that the wording would make it too 'touristy', maybe 'Alaska' but no other saying. Because at this size for the wording to be legible it would take away from the state size.

                          As to the islands, sprinkle some sawdust on it and call it done.
                          Sawdust King

                          If there is one thing I can make perfect every time it is sawdust.


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