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    This is the beginning of the Aries challange. I love the design, but it is very graphic, and I'm not seeing the intarsia in it. Hopefully someone out there will show me how it's done. To me, it's a perfect inlay or marquetry design, which is something I've been thinking of trying. I have never done a scrolled inlay and I've never turned anything on a Lathe, so I figure I'll do them both at the same time. I shrunk the pattern down to 6 1/4 wide, and it's nice that the pattern is almost square, about 6 1/2 tall. I am going to take a stab at turning this project into a designer plate.
    This is only a 21 piece design, but certainly not a design I'd recommend to a first timer. The pieces fit like a puzzle, with alot of complicated curves that run into deadend points on both sides of the curve. I had to stop and turn the pieces into a big gluey mess before completeing the picture portion of my project. There's only 6 pieces left to cut before inlaying the picture and then I'll begin cutting the segments for the outer rim of the plate.
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    Jeff Powell

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    Jeff..I look forward to seeing what you do with the aries challenge..I have no doubt that it will be creative and different!! I think that the project could be done with different woods you just have to pick and choose the pieces based on your skilll level and how you view a project..Toni can make the tight corners with ease..I'm not there yet but I keep practicing .. if intarsia projects only had the soft swirls and lines to make cutting easier they would limit themselves greatly.. these challenges are just that..a challenge..I've never done marquetry or inlay so am really looking forward to seeing yours..to me that would be a huge challenge!!

    Sue Chrestensen

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    • #3
      LOL, that's part of the challenge my friend. Giggling here, afterall didn't you tell us that "Mentora"Dragon Challenge wasn't difficult enough?

      The challenge is definately open to beginners, we have some of the youth that are attempting the challenge as well. They don't see it as a "I can't do this" but as a "how will I do this". Suppose it comes with the arrogance of youth. LOL. I enjoy watching the process. Sure some don't turn out as perfect as they would like, but they LEARN. They learn what they can do better, the see what others have done (with these challenges) and they eventually incorporate it in their own work, and make ANY design work for them. It is usually these beginners that become some of our best designers and artists.

      Beginners and beginners plus, then don't look at patterns and say ... I can't do this in my style. They ADAPT, and that then seems to take them into areas of finishes and accenting their scrolled work with other mediums and techniques.... it's like a snowball effect.

      So, Jeff, it may not turn out as perfect as some of your other work, but here is hoping it is challenging for you, and you learn something from it...

      Look forward to seeing your version. You seem to have a great start on it - love your enthusiasm!

      Take care
      Toni

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      • #4
        WITH EASE???????????? Oh PLEASE. What she doesn't hear is my swearing because I have the music on so loud and the Grand Dame wears ear protection in the shop! giggle.

        This piece is a challenge, for me too. I recently finished one of our designs, a celtic moon, which Sue cut a once and it went in the garbage... and I cut it and swore the entire time. I came out of the shop and insisted THAT pattern has .... "not for beginners" on it. Even though when we do that, some beginner (usually one that is younger than us) will come along and say it wasn't THAT hard.

        So keep an eye open for the celtic moon... Sue is gluing it up this weekend.... and when it is posted you can see what I mean.

        Take care
        Toni

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        • #5
          now we know what Aries looks like....

          I better go over to the other thread and put in my request for a pattern...

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

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          • #6
            Tis been sent to you Mr. Trout.

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            • #7
              I am a very beginner and have taken the challenge. I am thinking out my plan for now and will decide everything before I cut. I don't think the tight corners are the problems. LOL
              Diane
              Dragon
              Owner of a nice 21" Excalibur
              Owner of a Dewalt 788
              PuffityDragon on AFSP

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              • #8
                part 1 done

                This is the aries glued up and inlaid into the bottom of the plate. This was the easy part. I have to plane it down without it exploding, mount a bottom and build a 20 pc segmented frame around it, then mount it to the lathe and turn it into a plate.

                but I'm out of time till at least wednesday...have to go to bed, then back to trucking.
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                Jeff Powell

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                • #9
                  wow

                  Jeff..I'm really excited about your take on the aries project..can't wait to see it finished..will keep my fingers crossed that it goes smoothly!!!

                  Sue Chrestensen

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                  • #10
                    Ok ill admit i wasnt paying attention in class or absent the day you all told where the other site is located at.
                    So if I can do some make up work would one of you tell me where this site is!

                    thanks
                    dale

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                    • #11
                      I'm almost done with mine...

                      do i have to wait until March to show it off?

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

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                      • #12
                        Trout - please do not wait until March!! As soon as you are finished you can post a picture.
                        Theresa
                        Theresa

                        http://WoodNGoods.weebly.com

                        http://woodngoods.blogspot.com

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                        • #13
                          please post asap LOL..I love seeing all the pics of how people do a project!!

                          Sue Chrestensen

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                          • #14
                            Dale..Toni said she'll send you the pattern later on today..have fun with it..if ya have any questions ..well..just ask

                            Sue Chrestensen

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                            • #15
                              I finished this bowl/plate with the aries design inlaid into it. This was my first time trying to inlay and first time ever turning too. It was a challenge and a nice break from doing intarsia's. It's not perfect, but I think it's pretty good for a double first timer. The bowl is Pecan with a pecan/bloodwood segmented ring. 20 pieces at 1 1/2 width by 8 degrees. The entire project is 9 1/2 diameter. There's alot more sanding involved in turning an object than there is in intarsia, that I found out for sure...probably close to 10 times more sanding. Runs from 80 grit through 400 grit. Still needs a couple more coats of finish, I'm just using a wipe on poly on this.
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                              Jeff Powell

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