Woodworking is an ART- a craft learned over time and much practice. No computers involved, no lasers - just me, some wood, and the saw. Want to see pictures? check out my blog: www.WoodNGoods.blogspot.com
I don't have a closet full of shoes, but I have been drooling over some prime pieces of lumber! But, as a parent of 4 kids, my needs come last. College tuition, travel fees for extra-curricular school activities, "my last pair of jeans have a hole in them!", and the list goes on. Just when I think I can invest in the wood, another "crisis" occurs.
So - in looking for alternate ways to fund my work, I found Kickstarter - and here I am!! And here's my project which I hope you would consider funding.....
Who doesn’t love a carousel? The lights – the music – and above all, the horses!
I’ve started cutting designs of carousel horses with my scroll saw. The first is done – a fretwork pattern of a horse head. The second is much more involved – I have the pattern drawn up of a full carousel horse to make using the intarsia method.
What’s intarsia? Intarsia is a form of wood inlay similar to marquetry. You create a picture using different species, colors, and heights of wood. Each segment of wood is cut, shaped, sanded, then joined together to create a picture. You can see some of my cuttings here: www.WoodNGoods.etsy.com . I have been cutting other designers patterns, and decided it was time to start creating my own.
There are a few roadblocks to getting this piece of artwork done.
1. Most of the wood I use in my work comes from a custom flooring store. They take their scraps and throw them in a bin. I’m able to get these cut-offs at a much reduced price. This works for my small projects, but this one is much larger and I am going to have to buy some actual lumber pieces for it. To do it right, I would like to get some Birds-eye Maple and Bloodwood along with some other species.
2. As much as I enjoy woodworking and love the items I make, they are One-of-a-Kind, and only one person can actually own the art piece and display it. I gave this some thought, and spoke with a printer. He is able to take the very high quality photo in order to create prints from a wooden piece of art like I am planning. Wa-La!! Prints of the items can be made, letting more people enjoy it.
3. Artist Block – since the Christmas season I haven’t been in the woodshop much. I have little incentive to get anything done. I’ve started a couple of small projects, but nothing that holds my interest for long.
So – what is the money requested going for? I will purchase some lumber size pieces of hardwood to create the artwork. I will also get the initial photo taken in order to create prints of the work. AND – this will give me the incentive to get back into the woodshop and working on a larger piece of artwork. I work best under a deadline – and this will give me one!
- (30 days)