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    Scrollers,
    I could use some help. I've been asked to do a Springer Spaniel portrait and have a question about materials (since I'm "color challenged' this is more of a problem than you would expect). Would a Springer look better cut out of oak with a black backer, cut out of BB (or something else light colored) with a brown backer, or some other combination? I really can't tell with my eyes and would appreciate any feedback.

    Bruce
    Bruce
    . . . because each piece will be someone's heirloom someday.
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    It kinda depends on what color the springer is. I had a springer that was liver and white but most springers are black and white. Personally, I use a black backer for everything with BB. If I was going to be particular, I would still stick to a lighter colored wood like BB and go with the black backer if it's a black and white dog and a dark brown backer with BB if it's liver and white. But like I said, I'm not fussy.
    Mike

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    • #3
      Bruce,
      Since all springers are white with something, (actually, something with white!) Baltic Birch seems perfect. Save your oak for something that would benefit from the beautiful grain. And I agree with the choice of black or really dark brown backer - depending on the color of the springer you are portraying.
      Good luck on your project.
      Sandy

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      • #4
        As far as I know there are three color variations in Springer Spaniels: Black and White -Liver and White and Orange and white like Brittany Spaniels. If the dog is the Orange and White variety you could leave the BB natural and stain the backer Colonial Maple. The nose and eyes generally approximate the color of the spots in both Springers and Brittanys. Just a thought.....
        If it don't fit, don't force it....get a bigger hammer!!

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        • #5
          I found out last nite that he was liver/white. I guess a brown backer then. How dark of a brown should I look for?

          Bruce
          Bruce
          . . . because each piece will be someone's heirloom someday.
          visit sometime
          Hawk 220VS, Delta 40-570

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          • #6
            It's sort of a reddish brown like raw calves liver....maybe a mahogany. But don't use red mahogany...it's too red.
            If it don't fit, don't force it....get a bigger hammer!!

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            • #7
              Bruce, here is a photo of the liver and white springer I used to hunt with. Just don't expect to match the colors perfectly. It's not going to happen.
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              Mike

              Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
              www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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              • #8
                I don't know a lot about dogs, so this might be out there. As far as colors, the eye is drawn to light colors before dark colors. Sometimes the black background makes the image.
                Mark Abbett
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