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post #1 of 13 Old 05-15-2010, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you gift

A good friend of mine did some favours for me recently and I was trying to come up with a way to thank her. She lost her best friend not too long ago and I thought that I would make her a portrait of her best friend. I have never drawn a cutting pattern of an animal before and I had a little bit of trouble with it. After attempt number 3, I nailed it. Hope you like it, because she sure did. There is no way that I could have purchased anything from any store that would have made her as happy as this portrait did. The portrait itself measures 9 1/4" X 13". The frame is 2" wide pine with a 3/8" oak inlay. The portrait is cut from oak and backed with hardboard painted with matt black paint.
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-15-2010, 08:39 PM
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Dang sure is nice,I dont know how ya do such intricate fine lines.
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Thanks Itchy. I do the fine lines with a really fine blade and a magnifying lens so I can see the darned things. Don't laugh, I'm not kidding. I need the magnifier.

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Nicely done, and looks great. You have found a niche. Gifts from the heart are the best. What did you use as a picture?






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very nice Kenbo

Where do get the patience ... no way no how could these clumsy hands do that intricate work. I really kike the frame miters too. GR-8 JOB.

How many hours ?
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Very nice as always Kenbo. One of my Walkers just died a couple weeks ago and I want to build a display box for his ashes. I have the saw but may be short on patience and skill for something like that.

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That is some really nice scroll work Kenbo!!!

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Thanks everyone for the kind words. The girl that I made this for was extremely happy with it. The fact that it was a suprise made it even better. It's kind of exploded from there, with the photo being posted on facebook and comments coming from around the globe about how lovely the portrait is and how much it looks like her dog. I think that all of the positive attention about the portrait has made her feel a lot better with people sharing their memories of the dog, prompted by my portrait. It's a good feeling.

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Gifts from the heart are the best. What did you use as a picture?
Thanks to technology, I "creeped" her facebook page and was able to find several nice photos of her dog. I copied, pasted and printed the photos to give me reference material to work from.

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Where do get the patience ...How many hours ?
I don't consider it patience. I really enjoy scroll work and it very relaxing to me. I've never consider someone needing patience to do something that they really enjoy. I'm just running through my head how many hours this one took. Preparing the wood, about 1 hour. Drawing out the cutting pattern, about 3-4 hours. Cutting the pattern, about 1 hour. Frame set up, inlays, routing, sanding and assembly, about 2 hours. Applying the finishes, about 2 hours. So total approximate time.............10 hours? The longest part is sketching out and finalizing the cutting pattern.

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That's a great idea. I've never thought of that one. If anyone can pull it off, you can joesdad. Make sure that you post some photos of it when you complete it. By the way, the new avatar picture looks great!!

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You have a done a great job Kenbo. You and your friend are so lucky to have one for another. I really appreciate you for this kind of nature towards your friend..
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Another job well done. How could anyone not like that, it looks amazing.
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In response to a question, asked of me on another thread, I am adding the original picture of the dog, along with my interpretation of the picture in wood. Not trying to regenerate this thread, just trying to help a fellow forum member.
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Kenbo,

Us non-scrollers don't know why y'all get into it so much usually -- speaking for myself. I saw this on the original thread but didn't appreciate it like it deserved. What a great interpretation of the photo -- and skill level to pull it off. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. I'm humbled once again.
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Amazing work Ken. Taking it from a picture to finished project like that is just fantastic.

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