Scroll Portrait

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Added on December 24, 2010


From: Clint Russell

Location: Texas

Amateur or Pro: Amateur

Finish Used: I applied 4 coats of shellac. This was my first time using shellac, and it was a nice experience. The short cure time is especially nice when holiday deadlines are pressing :).

Wood Species: Birch ply for scroll work and unknown species for the frame.

Project Description:
I made 6 of these scroll portraits to give as Christmas gifts to members of my wife’s family. The portrait is of my wife’s gradfather who passed away in March. He was an amazing man. He is the one who got me hooked on woodworking, and gave me my first saw and several other tools. I took a photograph of him that we had, scanned it into the computer, did some photoshop work to create a pattern that I used to do the scroll work. The scroll work is done in a 11x14x1/8″ piece of birch plywood. The frame is made from wood reclaimed from a barn that was on my property, so I’m unsure of it’s species, but I would guess that it is some type of pine.

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