The Wood Wyrm sign almost done!

signwip

Woods used are too many to list right now, but include olivewood, burls, ebony, kingwood & camatillo, pink ivory – all kinds of happy woods that I’ve squirreled away.

After many sketches, edits, and tossed out doodles… after hoarding dozens of oh-so-pretty burls and boards… scrounging around for reclaimed ivory… dusting off the abalone… the sign is almost done!  Sneak peek with nearly everything in place.  Still have an ammonite to inlay (hole at top right).  This just makes me happy.  The black-and-white version was pretty to look at, but I’m in love with all the colors and textures on the wood version.  Happy sigh.

Shark & spiral WIP

sharkwip2First look at the bamboo shark, spiral, and a couple of Om with their first layer of clear coat.  The speckles on the shark… I just want to pet it!  I’m very happy with the contrast on the spiral.  For the Om I couldn’t decide if I wanted dark back and light symbol, or reverse, so I opted for both.

Longest cut yet…

spiralwip

Black walnut (left) and European beech to give good contrast on the finished piece.

Sometimes cuts are really easy.  A line here, a line there… Other times, it’s ONE GIANT line!  This spiral design has 8 pieces total (not many), but each piece (minus 4 easy ones) are suuuuper time consuming.  Knotwork would have been much simpler – over and under = start and stop lines for each piece.  Spiral-work?  Ufda.