I knew from the very start that recreating the main panels was going to be difficult but felt reasonably confident that i could come up with something that the customer who commissioned the piece would be happy with. After numerous attempts at carving the panels probably 10 or more in total it became obvious that i myself just did not have the tools to get the detail that was required and that i was happy with so more emails were exchanged and the customer was more than happy for me to have the panels made by laser cutting.
I completed a cad drawing of one of the panels and sent it to various laser cutters.
MitcyMooMiniatures because i knew she had recently acquired a laser cutter and seek her opinion on if she thought it possible to create them, I have to say this lady is a god send the communication with her was perfect and she knew instantly what she was talking about. Her attention to detail is second to none even asking what type of timber i preferred! My preference was walnut but i had slight doubts that this would match the oak frame i intended to construct the main frame with so i decided to wait for the panels to arrive and if they didn't match i would construct the whole piece using walnut.
The piece is still WIP as i need to complete the draws but I'm quite happy how this it came together and i cant thank Carol enough for her help on achieving what you see above its the first piece I've made with the help of another artist and hopefully wont be the last. Many thanks carol i really appreciate your help.
The top is inlaid with a dark green kid leather and the whole thing hand polished with natural bee's wax.
This piece of work has had its ups and downs, but it all turned out good in the end combining the efforts of various artists appeals to me in many ways and has given me some great ideas for future projects, i personally would love nothing more than to start a piece of work and send it around the world to let other artists release the creative essence and see how it turns out Hmmm!!
On another note i would like to thank everyone who entered my giveaway i really wish i could have sent everyone a small piece of my work as a thank you for supporting my blog and the pieces of work i create it really does mean a lot to me.
Congratulations again to Eva - tatalamaru.
Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone . Tony.