Monday, March 30, 2009

Bob Calhoun. Self Portrait.

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I had to share this intarsia portrait with you guys. Bob has been a reader of my blog for a long time. He lives in Australia and is one of the most talented craftsman I have ever seen. I say craftsman because his skill is much more than just woodworking. He has that unique gift of being able to build just about anything he sets his mind to. Just ask the other scrollers in the clubs he attends. They will tell you how often Bob comes up with something new and amazing.

Bob decided to make a couple intarsia portraits so he set down with Corel Draw and designed this pattern. He does not have a lot of experience with Draw but you could not prove it from this work. Make sure you click to enlarge the picture to see the detail.

The body is Black wood. The beard is paper bark. The face is wild cherry. The eyebrows and pupils are marboo. The whites of the eyes are poplar. The hat is blackwood. The background is poplar and the frame is blackwood. Bob finished the portrait with water based lacquer.

Bob estimate he spent about a week and a half of long days to complete the project.

The thing I like so much about this project is not the fact that the likeness is so remarkable but the fact that it shows the character and spirit of the man. You look at the portrait and you feel you have met Bob someplace. Thanks for sharing with us Bob. As usual I am humbled by your work.

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