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by rcastrap
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Tissue Box
Replies: 1
Views: 1330

Tissue Box

Commission from the wife: Retirement gift for her boss. Cherry with walnut burl veneer top. I made the sides and finger joints with Vectric box gadget.
by rcastrap
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Gadgets - General
Topic: Tissue Box
Replies: 0
Views: 1731

Tissue Box

Retirement gift for my wife’s boss. Cherry with walnut burl veneer top. I made the sides and finger joints with Vectric box gadget.
by rcastrap
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Thailand
Replies: 7
Views: 1517

Re: Thailand

Thank you, Michael and Scott, for the kind words. I don’t know why the wasp-waist part of Thailand lifted up like that. “Maple doing what it does” works for me. I cut the border with 1/16” EM to get all that detail. The background is ordinary felt fabric from Walmart glued onto 1/4” plywood. And, fo...
by rcastrap
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: California
Replies: 1
Views: 1026

California

California in padauk, walnut frame, sycamore plaque, oak state seal. 27” x 24”
by rcastrap
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Thailand
Replies: 7
Views: 1517

Thailand

For my wife, who is Thai. 20” x 28”, maple and mesquite.
by rcastrap
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: The Philippines
Replies: 4
Views: 1449

Re: The Philippines

Thanks, Scott. While I have some mesquite cut in my yard, I have no way to process it. The mesquite lumber for this project, I bought from woodworkers source. They have project packs of a different species on sale every month.
by rcastrap
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: The Philippines
Replies: 4
Views: 1449

The Philippines

My wife drew a Filipina coworker for her office party gift exchange. She asked me to make the gift. Relief map of The Philippines on mesquite. 10” diameter. Model is from terrain2stl. Adapted in Aspire.
by rcastrap
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Buddha Figure
Replies: 6
Views: 1818

Re: Buddha Figure

Wife didn’t like the patina. She said it’s fine for a museum, but in a home it just looks like neglect and disrespect. Four new coats of bronze and it is back to its former luster.
by rcastrap
Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Buddha Figure
Replies: 6
Views: 1818

Re: Buddha Figure

Scoville, Thank you! Here are the steps I take for small lettering: 1) Sand the surface smooth and seal with shellac (helps prevent tear out) 2) Take shallow cuts with very sharp 45 deg V-bit run slowly at high revs 3) Seal newly exposed end grain with shellac (prevents capillary action) 4) Apply ac...
by rcastrap
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Buddha Figure
Replies: 6
Views: 1818

Buddha Figure

My wife is Buddhist from Thailand. I made this for her. Maple with padauk frame. Buddha figure is finished with Sculpt Nouveau Bronze B with patina. 22”x14”
by rcastrap
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Dead Man’s Hand
Replies: 3
Views: 1771

Dead Man’s Hand

Dead Man’s Hand carved in mesquite. This is my very second model designed from scratch in Aspire (except for the frame).
by rcastrap
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: “16th Century Copper” Atlas Gets a Worthy Frame
Replies: 3
Views: 1301

Re: “16th Century Copper” Atlas Gets a Worthy Frame

Thanks, Michael! BTW, without your “1930’s Buck Rogers Rocket Clock” project, I never would have known you could use plain old Walmart acrylic paint as a glaze.

Rick
by rcastrap
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: “16th Century Copper” Atlas Gets a Worthy Frame
Replies: 3
Views: 1301

“16th Century Copper” Atlas Gets a Worthy Frame

The artwork I have shown previously. It is carved from pine project board, finished to look like a 16th Century French hammered copper atlas using Sculpt Nouveau Copper B, light green patina, and black shoe polish. The frame is this weekend project. It is Goncalo Alves, with black acrylic paint used...
by rcastrap
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: 16th Century French Relic
Replies: 10
Views: 3568

Re: 16th Century French Relic

For now anyway, I chose a simple modern frame for contrast. I did Michael Tyler’s suggestion of black shoe polish. I am very happy with the way it enhances the color contrast and the aged effect. Best of all, my wife likes it!