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Sunday, 26 August 2012

A touch of magic.

Earlier this year i was asked if it would be possible for me to recreate professor Albus Dumbledores desk as a commission piece. After sitting down and taking a good look at the original piece i agreed to have a go so long as i could  make minor changes.


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.

What i didn't realise at this point was just how difficult this was going to turn out, some companies never even responded others wanted extortionate amounts of money Hmmm back to the drawing board!! time passed by i tried many other options including even casting but i just wasn't happy, then i decided to send a mail to carol at 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.


34 comments:

  1. It's already a stunning piece! Congrats!

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  2. Che meraviglia!!! Compliments!!!

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  3. Oh, that is an awesome piece of work, the laser cut panels are wonderful.

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  4. Tony, it is awesome. You and Carol have been a great team. It really seems an actual piece of furniture. The outstanding ability of artists like you is simply mindblowing.
    I wish you a lovely Sunday, Rosanna

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    1. Many thanks Rosanna, i really appreciate your comment. :)

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  5. Wow, im blown away, it looks so amazing!

    jenn

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  6. Wow, Tony! Magnificent Work!!! I commend you for taking on the job to begin with ... willing to go where you had not ventured before!! And the laser cutting looks Perfect! I'm so glad you were able to find the help you needed! The Desk looks just Fantastic!!!

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    1. Thank you Daydremer, it was trying at times but it all came together in the end, Carols contribution was greatly appreciated and a great combined effort.

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  7. There will be never enough words for me, it's a 'magnificent' master piece already. Thank you and to Carol too, both amazing artisans! :o)))

    Michelle :o))

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  8. Es un mueble fantástico!
    Un abrazo
    GRACIAS por no tener palabra de verificación

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  9. Hi Tony! Awesome teamwork :D of two awesome artists!! The laser cutting looks gorgeous!
    Greetings, Ilona

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  10. Oh my,what a wonderful cooperation! Your desk is just stunning, congratulations!
    Sandra

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  11. ¡Que maravilla de mueble! Un trabajo fantastico! Felicidades...Un abrazo

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  12. its fantastic, congrats to M on commissioning such a wonderful piece, it's beautiful and the setting that will be created around it will show it off to its full potential. lucky collector to own such a piece. Congrats to both yourself and Carol for producing such a fine piece

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  13. Hello Tony,
    INCREDIBLE! what a spectacualr collaboration piece. It is wso beautiful, so well detailed. I'm beyond impressed.
    Hugs,
    Giac

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    1. Many thanks Giac, i Greatly appreciate your comment:)

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  14. You should be really proud of yourself with this piece - it's truly a lovely item and how good it was that you were able to find the assistance you needed. That's what it's all about!

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    1. Thank you Irene, i do feel quite chuffed with this piece of work, more so because its the combined effort of two artists.

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  15. Oooh I'm so jealous of whoever gets this amazing piece!

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  16. Oh, it looks lovely! Your work is amazing as always!!

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  17. wow! this is another one of your amazing pieces! the detailing is fantastic! your customer must be so delighted!

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  18. I'm so happy for you, you decided to contact Carol to find the help that moved you forward again. It is a true scale model now and your customer must be chuffed with it. Sometimes 1 plus 1 is 3! Perfect!

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  19. this is a beautiful piece of art! I'm glad you were able to get some help with the panels!

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