Mar. 26th, 2011

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So, I finally finished a project I'd started over a year ago - I decided that I wanted a project to practice carving in hardwoods, so I made a "geeks live here" sign for the outside of our house. Well, OK, that's not what it says, but that's what it means.
Photos are here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahandbrian/5562061739/
and here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahandbrian/5562064247/
(links because I can't seem to get LJ to embed them properly)
I started with Tolkein's illustration of the inscription on the Doors of Durin, then used www.blockposters.com to blow up the image into one that I could print out to span four pages for a ~16"x20" final size. I planed and glued two planks of maple together, then covered them with sheets of carbon paper, stuck the printed illustration on top of that, and traced the illustration with a ball-point pen. After taking away the paper and carbon paper, I was left with my carving lines. Over the course of several months I carved away at the image (between other projects and such), until I had all the carving done. After that, I used a mechanical pencil to darken the lines with graphite, then put several coats of spar varnish over the whole thing. I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out. Sarah suggested rewording the elvish in the arch to read "speak geek and enter", but I'm pretty sure it says that quite well as is.

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