Friday, June 22, 2007

Didn't papaw say something about not taking any wooden rhinos...or was that nickels...




A few years back I wanted to try my hand at woodworking. My mom's husband graciously allowed me to use his shop (and probably cleaned up a mess or two). I drew out templates for 'seperate plates' on plywood, then glued together the needed boards. I chose the outer wood for the grain as I knew I would be using a semi-transparent stain. I used the templates to cut out the shapes and did a lot of sanding to curve the edges. I finally cut out some leather ears and added wooden button eyes.

My initial plan was to add rockers to it for stability...since I went for real wood it weighs a bit (about 40 pounds or so)...but I haven't gotten around to it yet...didn't I write something about procrastination on here somewhere?

Anyway, it was another good 'experience' and introduced me to some new tools and techniques...A reference book I purchased dealing with Intarsia by Roberts and Booher shows some REALLY spectacular samples...one of the authors is a real big-wig in the field and shows some top-notch work...like everything, if you do a web search you can find some super (as well as bad) examples...

4 comments:

Big A said...

This is beautiful!

Ammon said...

I really like the different wood grains.

What was it that made you choose the rhino?

HARDWAX said...

What a beauty!

Anonymous said...

charming rhino!
mjd