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Poplar Shepard

Postby Xxray » Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:04 am

Sometimes, you never know what you are going to get with poplar.
This dark patch didn't show much on the surface, but became more pronounced as the cutting went deeper. Certainly gives it a unique look.
No stain, just a clear coat. I have found that stain usually kills the marble like affect that poplar has.
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Re: Poplar Shepard

Postby jam1962 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:50 am

That looks great, done really well. Myself, I cant get poplar to do anything but fuzz up when I do a carving like that.
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Re: Poplar Shepard

Postby Rick O. » Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:17 am

Very nice! I always enjoy wooden items that really -look- like wood.

Unfortunately, many customers want every item to look "perfect", without any unusual grain, knots, etc.. In other words, like something made of plastic!
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Re: Poplar Shepard

Postby Xxray » Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:18 pm

Jay, I have had nothing but great results doing 3D with poplar. It molds very nice, is easy to sand, and is easily available from big retail outlets for a reasonable price. Try experimenting with settings/bits, may be worth the effort.
This was done using a .25 for rough, and a tapered spiral [tapers from .25 to .9] at 16,000 rpm for finish.
Did this polar crucifix the same day, as you can see, the detail is very sharp, and this pic is right off the machine before I even did any finish sanding or clearcoat.

Rick, like you, I am attracted to unusual grain/knots/imperfections that give the piece character - So much so that I will usually cut and set up a piece with these in mind, and I specifically look out for this stuff when buying wood. Lucky for me, I guess, that I don't have any customers to worry about ! But just like there are coin collectors who love tone and [what most would consider] defects, there surely must be alot of folks who would rather buy something like this rather than a generic, plain looking cut.
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Re: Poplar Shepard

Postby jam1962 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:48 am

Thank you, I will try your suggestions and give poplar some more time.
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Re: Poplar Shepard

Postby Xxray » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:25 am

Speaking of including wood "flaws" intentionally in projects, here is one I did some time back with a pretty glaring knot hole in it
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Re: Poplar Shepard

Postby DeadTom » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:22 pm

I view it as the hole the Roman soldier pierced in Christ's side, was that your intention?
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