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post #1 of 15 Old 12-07-2009, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Here are a couple of pics of my newest commission. It is for my wife's cousin down in NC who owns a buffalo ranch. Buffalo Jack is the president of the Southeast Buffalo Association and wanted me to make a few of these for the auctions that he will attend .The box is 6"x8"x3.5"walnut. There are 75 pieces from 12 different woods on the lid. Still have to install the hinges, lining and another coat of finish. Fun little project



The nickel shows the scale

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Very nice. Those should fetch a nice price at the auction. Will they be signed and numbered? That often makes a big difference to well-heeled bidders.
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wow thats great work,
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Thanks Kevin
Yes, I always sign my intarsia pieces and will number them also.
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From one box maker to another....

Awesome, Dude! Few realize how much detail work and time it takes to make a just small box, and then to do the intarsia... Woah! Nice work. bill

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Absolutely gorgeous!

How do you produce your intarsia patterns? The buffaloes are great but, you didn't find a commercial pattern did you? If you use a commercial pattern for any of your intarsia boxes, what methods do you use to resize?

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Thanks Gene
I draw my own patterns from subject photos that the client sends me.
Sometimes the client just tells me what they would like on the box and I take it from there, doing the research and designing the artwork and pattern and picking out the woods to use.
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Very nice work!!!!

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That's just hideous. But keep at it. Some day you will get this intarsia thing down.
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Just kidding obviously, beautiful work as always.
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Mike your projects are always super impressive and this is no exception. I don't think there are enough superlatives for me to describe how fantastic I think your work is.

I must admit I would have snorted milk out of my nose had I been drinking milk when I read ACP’s comments. That caught me off guard.

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Once again Mike, you have givin us something that makes most of us say "Holy Crap that gorgeous!!!!" . Your work is always impressive and inspiring. I know what it takes to do intarsia and it is time consuming. Great job on the box and I look forward to your future contributions.
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exceptionally good choice of woods for color and grain and the surrounding lacewood is inspired.

What is the green wood? tulip poplar?

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Thanks all for the nice comments
To phinds--you are correct, the green for the grass is poplar but the tree is Lignum Vitae which will get greener with time.
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Nice! Beautiful craftsmanship.

Did you say tool sale?
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