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Antlers hotel

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:34 pm
by BillK
Hi there, have been away for a while.

My brother and sister-in-law live in a house that is on the site of a hotel that overlooks the Hudson river. The hotel was destroyed by fire many years ago. My brother found a post card of the hotel and when he showed it to me I thought "that would make a nice carving" :D

This is carved into a piece of light mahogany that has its own story as it was once under the Hudson River during hurricane Sandy back a few years ago.

I mostly used two rail sweeps to bring out the many angles of the building. My finishing technique after carving was to apply Boiled Linseed oil. Then a coat of amber shellac. After that dried, I used a water based stain that is walnut color and rubbed it over the building section and immediately wiped it off so that it only was capured in the indents. Followed that with 2 more coats of the shellac. The flat part was not sanded but hand planed smooth. I used a coat of Alfie shine on the flat parts (some of you from across the pond might be familiar with Alfie) after that. I'm pretty pleased with the results.

I plan to use this technique on other building scenes that I want to use.

Thanks for reading and looking. Enjoy!

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Re: Antlers hotel

PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:36 am
by OCEdesigns
That look amazing!!

Re: Antlers hotel

PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:11 pm
by BillK
Thank you!

Re: Antlers hotel

PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:03 am
by WNC_Ed
Awesome idea
Amazing execution.
Very cool stories behind the plaque and the wood.
Thank you for sharing the finishing technique, I always wonder how folks make things look so good.
Great job!

Re: Antlers hotel

PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:54 am
by BillK
Thanks Ed. As I mentioned the modeling technique took a lot of trial and error, but I am very happy with these results. I know Aspire is a program that is harder to master for most, but it does raise your work to another level, well worth the investment for me.