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Old 08-31-2017, 01:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Stunning artistry Ken! I love each. I have been using the one I have for the past three weeks and have gotten lots of compliments.

Thank you for sharing - keep em coming, these are beautiful.

I prefer the first, as there is an appealing symmetry with the Maple ends - to me it looks cleaner - Just an opinion.
Thanks, Mark. The second one was an experiment to see how the 90 degree rotation would change the overall look of the pattern. I'm glad you like the Mistral blank. It's a culmination of the techniques I use. There are ring segments at the top and bottom, the weave is segmented and the cherry body is inlaid. It interlocked fairly well, which helped with the alignment and holding the pieces in place. I would rate it as my best overall design to date.
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Outstanding work!
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Fabulous work!
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Wow Ken. Mind blown!!!
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Beautiful designs and segmenting. How much time involved to make one blank ?
Thanks. Blank preparation is where I spend a lot of time. All of the blanks are cut and drilled and milled to a consistent diameter. For Sierra blanks, I turn them down to 0.645" on a metal lathe that leaves an extra 10 thousandths of inch to be milled after glue up (the final diameter I shoot for is 5/8"). I like to work with wooden tubes that have a wall thickness or approximately 1/8". The cutting time per blank can vary from 2 to 8 or 9 minutes depending on the complexity of the pattern. It would be safe to say that I spend at least an hour per blanks when you account for the blank preparation, cutting time, disassembly of the source blanks, reassembly of the patterned blanks, glue up, and post processing of the final blank (taking off the extra 10 thou) on the metal lathe to even out the highs and lows in the surface.
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Nice, I love the idea of "old is new again", and 1842 is pretty neat!
Thanks, Michael. It is strange how design go through cycles like that. They are popular for a while, lay dormant for years, and then suddenly appear again as "new" designs. They were some other designs that were the book including the ever popular "Tumbling Dice" design.
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I love 'em !!!!! . The third one looks like a flock of birds !!

Thanks for the manufacturing details .... I am not going to copy, just curious
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