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  • Elk in the Snow Inlay WIP

    My brother's B-day is fast approaching and I want to make him something to remember all of the good times up in the mountains hunting with his wife's family.
    So I started this. I hope I can get it finished in time...

    This first pic shows the start. I inlaid the basic shape of a mountain, (mystery wood), into a 12" X 16" piece of basswood.
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    Then aspen and dark lacewood details are added...
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    At the same time, I'm making tree inlays of poplar and aspen that will be put in later...
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    I add a piece of aspen to the bottom of the piece, and clamped it up. Here's the three inlays that will be put together...
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    Here's a close up of the mountain details...
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    And again, the three inlays so far to be put together...
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    Now the background, middleground, and foreground are brought together...
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    Now I begin work on the elk...
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    Now the elk is in place...
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    I still have to put in some basswood to show detail in the snow...
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    And finally a close-up of the elk's face...
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    I still have to figure out what I'm going to do to frame this....

    Thanks for clicking in.....
    As always, comments and critique are welcome....
    Jim

    The limits of the imagination are imaginary.
    No task is too tedious for Art.
    Rock and Scroll

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  • #2
    looks great jim,
    your brother will be realy pleased with this bday prez,
    not doing much
    and busy doing it


    having fun making sawdust.


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    • #3
      The master at work. That is awesome.

      Now that you have me hooked on inlays.... One question
      How did you bring the elk & the mountains togehter?
      Donna
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      • #4
        Well that's a loaded question Donna....lol.
        I briefly touch on the technique in issue #36 of SSW&C, but basically I drop bothe the banks of trees and the elk down after they're made. I call this a reverse inlay. We've been working with forward inlays so far.
        I'll try to make it simple if I can. First look at the second picture. You can see the register marks I made on the back ground where the trees are going to go.
        After I've made the snow in the trees, I drill on the outside, and cut in a clockwise direction, (the wood turning counter-clockwise), and drop the trees down. The elk is done the same way.
        A lot of the pieces I've done over the years are made this way, with both forward and reverse inlays, used back and forth throughout the proccess.

        Did this help???
        Jim

        The limits of the imagination are imaginary.
        No task is too tedious for Art.
        Rock and Scroll

        My Gallery

        My Website
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        • #5
          Looks like you are getting the hang of this inlay thing... LOL
          It looks fantastic Jim!!
          T
          Theresa

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          • #6
            Awesome job as usual Jim.
            Tim

            In God we trust, all others must pay cash!

            I don't want no bargains, they always cost me more money.

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            • #7
              Jim, You are the Master!
              Looking forward the finished project.

              Are the lines defining the upper leg on body, inlaid or drawn in?
              Eric

              Liberty Twp (Cincinnati), OH

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              • #8
                Nothin' but wood....
                Nope that's inlay.......
                Jim

                The limits of the imagination are imaginary.
                No task is too tedious for Art.
                Rock and Scroll

                My Gallery

                My Website
                Featherwood Woodcrafts

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                • #9
                  Wow, you are quite the artist, truly amazing custom work. One of these days I'll try some inlay work myself.
                  ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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                  • #10
                    I don't know. He might not like it. Why risk offending him. Send it to me instead. I'll find it a nice home.
                    Keith

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                    • #11
                      Preparation is definitely the key to success. You are doing a wonderful job.
                      "Still Montana Mike"

                      "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
                      Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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                      • #12
                        WOW, Jim, that is going to be fantastic. You are a master. I haven't tried wood inlay yet. I tried it with acrylic & really need practice. Just don't know what kind of frame would look nice with that, if any. How thick is the edge. Maybe you could make a frame in reverse. Drop the picture in from the front instead of the back. You would still have to cut for the picture to fit down into the frame though. Just a thought. You do great work, Jim. Thanks for showing us.
                        PERK

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JimSawyer View Post
                          Well that's a loaded question Donna....lol.
                          I briefly touch on the technique in issue #36 of SSW&C, but basically I drop bothe the banks of trees and the elk down after they're made. I call this a reverse inlay. We've been working with forward inlays so far.
                          I'll try to make it simple if I can. First look at the second picture. You can see the register marks I made on the back ground where the trees are going to go.
                          After I've made the snow in the trees, I drill on the outside, and cut in a clockwise direction, (the wood turning counter-clockwise), and drop the trees down. The elk is done the same way.
                          A lot of the pieces I've done over the years are made this way, with both forward and reverse inlays, used back and forth throughout the proccess.

                          Did this help???
                          Thanks Jim for the explaination. I think I understand. I'm a long way from trying anything like your elk project, but you are giving me ideas. Now I just need some more saw time, so that I can play with more designs. I'm still having issues with the start/end of my cut, so I need to first work on that.
                          Thanks for sharing your projects. They are truely amazing.
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                          www.wix.com/tangowooddesign/home-page
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                          • #14
                            Fantastic job! Martzy beat me to the suggestion that you could send it to
                            me in case your brother doesn't appreciate the work you have done! LOL!
                            God Bless! Spirithorse

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for taking us along with your project, its going to be a super sweeeet gift.
                              One thing I can't seem to get settled in my brain is what difference does it make if you are dropping the inlay down or pushing it up. I know you scroll CW for one, and CWC for the other, but why does it matter? Your going to sand both sides anyway, or not??????
                              Gloria ............... Two memorable things to say in life, "Hello" for the first time, and "Good-bye" for the last.

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