Inlays… (2): A Makers Year 55

So we have to pull this rabbit out of the hat.

I had asked Daren to make me two flowers enlarged from the drawing – this he did. He also gave me paper or card petals exactly the same as the two veneer flowers. Each flower has four petals, but each petal is made of two parts, so I had 16 petal forms to play with from the two flowers.

I laid up the two originals in places near where the drawing told me they should be, then I took the paper petals and recombined them into different flowers – some I turned upside down, some are married with different partners.

I did this to make Daren happy and to work how nature works (she doesn’t have dozens of petal shapes in a species, she sticks to a handful and combines them differently, which is what I did). What I wanted was a variance of forms from a few core shapes.

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Next we will sprinkled a cluster of four stamens on each flower in Pearwood and Satinwood, again routed in .

IMG_2183 (1)This is Daren working area. See the greenish MDF templates? These give us the petal shapes. The wooden bar is to keep inquisitive students in pursuit of knowledge at a safe distance…



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