Thursday, June 28, 2018

Map, Canandaigua Lake

Unlike the last map this one was for a wedding ceremony.  The client wanted to do the area around Mt. Bristol in a fantasy/LotR style which was kind of a neat idea.  It came in at practically the last minute so when the production was delayed by a day I expedited the shipping.  I hope it gets there in time!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Map, Marina Bay/Boston

The third anniversary is usually a gift of leather and these maps are a popular way to celebrate that.  This client was married near Marina Bay but I have to confess I'm mostly familiar with the area from Fallout 4. >_>

I've been tinting the water on most of the maps but didn't think it would work well on this one.  I only tinted the compass so I was able to use saddle tan and a dark brown on the frame and I'm really happy with how they turned out.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Dice Cup, Githyanki

@Grand_DM is a big fan of the classic Fiend Folio cover and after seeing one of the custom Dice Cups I made earlier this year he commissioned his own dice cup based on the cover.  I could say more but I think the review he wrote says it better.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Guitar Strap, Paul Gilbertish Carving

This guitar strap is going to be a graduation present this summer.  The recipient is fan of the Paul Gilbert style of guitar straps so the client was hoping I could mimic that.  After trying some tap-offs and a dozen variations we settled on a free hand pattern repeated down the length of the strap.  It was kinda neat to be able to break out my cams and veiners again.  They're "classic" carving tools but I don't get to use them that often.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Scattering Tube Case & Leggings

I was initially contacted by the client back in Feb to see if I'd be comfortable taking a commission that would ultimately be used to transport human ashes.  The client was arranging a memorial service for a loved one who'd recently passed and as part of that service they would carry the remains over a long hike.  The ashes would be contained in a scattering tube but they needed a case to carry the tube in.  

The deceased had been an artist and they requested some of that art be added to the case.  Additionally they'd wanted a couple of leggings with the art for the deceased's daughter to wear.  As it turned out the art couldn't have possibly been better for leather carving.  The way he used color and lines was ideal for leather.  They added the deceased's name to the art as well (which I've blurred in the photos to protect their privacy) which seemed really fitting for a memorial.

This was a challenging commission from an engineering standpoint.  Purpose-fit tubes don't have a lot of tolerance and if a seam is half a millimeter off in its diameter the result could be too tight or too loose.  I addressed some of that by adding a splice up the back of the tube which also allowed me to install the handle directly opposite the art.  Leather being leather though, it stretched and contorted a bit during the carving and assembly.  Not enough to impair anything but just enough to make the opening just a bit loose.  My testing seemed to indicate that would still friction-fit but in hindsight I wished I'd included a direct connection between the body and the lid.

It was an honor and a privilege to be able to play a small role with this.  I don't personally know any of the persons involved but it's just so... human.