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    I had an itch to do some frogs again... did this pattern a year or 2 ago with yellowheart and padauk but didn't put it on a plaque or anything for a background. I really think using something for a background completes the project so I did this, but I'm not really happy - needs something more. I think I am going to try to make a couple of small dragonflies to glue to the plaque? Any ideas? Maybe just try a rectangle and frame it? I've used stained glass several times in the past for a backer.

    I cut out the frogs from 4 different woods, figured I'd make 4 projects just switch the woods around for variety in colors. Of course I had to pick some of the hardest woods out there - yellowheart, lacewood, thought I picked up a piece of padauk but it turned out to be bloodwood, and the softest of them all, a piece of canarywood.

    You know what the best part of cutting woods like yellowheart is? All other hardwoods are soft - cutting oak is running a hot knife through butter after cutting yellowheart and likes.
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    Douglas Fraser
    Eagle River, Alaska

    My Gallery - Aurora Wood Crafts

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    Glue a piece of rope around the outer edge....the rough texture kind of rope.
    "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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    • #3
      Mike,

      Thanks that was an excellent idea, I really like the look of it. I whipped up a couple of dragonflies as well. I think this will complete it. Need to refinish it still...
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      Eagle River, Alaska

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      • #4
        Now that is pretty sharp I like the added dragonflies and the rope really set it off. Don't ya think?
        "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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        • #5
          Thanks again Mike for the rope idea - I think it definitely set the piece off and gave it the "finished" look. Here it is again with a fresh coat of semi gloss lacquer.
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          Eagle River, Alaska

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          • #6
            Great contouring! I love it!
            God Bless! Spirithorse

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            • #7
              What a wonderful piece. I love it. Mikes rope idea really worked and your added dragonflies are just what it needed.

              george
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              George

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              • #8
                Excelent shaping and wood choice. In your first picture I did not like the backer, now that it is done it looks great and the rope really adds that special tweak.
                Rolf
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                • #9
                  Very lively scene...
                  This is one really beautiful piece...!!!!!

                  I like the rope too...
                  Jim

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                  • #10
                    Really like the finished look. Very well done.
                    "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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                    • #11
                      Thanks everyone for the comments and the ideas.
                      Douglas Fraser
                      Eagle River, Alaska

                      My Gallery - Aurora Wood Crafts

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                      • #12
                        Very very nice!!
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                        • #13
                          That is just plain sweet!!! You did an excellent, top notch job!

                          John
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