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[Brighton] Seagulls win national award



SUA Seagull

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Jul 23, 2016
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Inspired by my love of the Albion, and historic family links with Brighton and Hove, I made and entered this piece (entitled "Seagulls over Brighton's West Pier") at this year's Marquetry Society exhibition.....and it picked up 1st place for artistic merit!

It's made entirely from different types of wood veneer, each individually cut with a scalpel. Given the subject matter, I thought I'd share it on NSC.

So the Seagulls did manage to lead the pack in 2024 after all! UTA

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SUA Seagull

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Jul 23, 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Will it be for sale?
It's ony a hobby and I have only ever made pictures for pleasure or family gifts to date, but as I am just about to retire I may perhaps consider doing commissions in the future. This one, however, is definitely not for sale because of it's extremely strong sentimental value to me, but thank you for asking.
 






heathgate

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It's ony a hobby and I have only ever made pictures for pleasure or family gifts to date, but as I am just about to retire I may perhaps consider doing commissions in the future. This one, however, is definitely not for sale because of it's extremely strong sentimental value to me, but thank you for asking.
Nice work...

If you start commissions I would be interested.
 


SUA Seagull

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Jul 23, 2016
419
Stratford-upon-Avon
That's a talent mate. Seriously consider doing it for a little business if you can. I'd buy your
seagulls.
Thank you, the problem is it all takes time to do it properly, including design, veneer selection, cutting, glueing, borders, sanding, polishing, waxing etc. The Seagulls picture took me 3 months to make, evenings and weekends (on and off). I completed a large portrait last year that took me 18 months to make (including 15,000 individual hand cut pieces of veneer!). I don't think anyone (except the ultra wealthy!) would be willing to pay for the time and effort it takes to turn out a decent piece.
 








SUA Seagull

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Jul 23, 2016
419
Stratford-upon-Avon
Nice work...

If you start commissions I would be interested.
That's very flattering, thank you. In addition to winning the artistic merit award with the Seagulls pic, I also came first in class 2 (there are 5 classes) with this piece, Day and Night, inspired by the Dutch graphic artist, MC Escher. This took me 6 months to make and required an enormous amount of planning. Check out the 9 interlocking geese in the middle (4 brown, 5 white); there's not a gap between them!

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maffew

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Worcester England
That's very flattering, thank you. In addition to winning the artistic merit award with the Seagulls pic, I also came first in class 2 (there are 5 classes) with this piece, Day and Night, inspired by the Dutch graphic artist, MC Escher. This took me 6 months to make and required an enormous amount of planning. Check out the 9 interlocking geese in the middle (4 brown, 5 white); there's not a gap between them!

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That's class I love eschers stuff too.
 




Silverhatch

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Feb 23, 2009
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Preston Park
Thank you, the problem is it all takes time to do it properly, including design, veneer selection, cutting, glueing, borders, sanding, polishing, waxing etc. The Seagulls picture took me 3 months to make, evenings and weekends (on and off). I completed a large portrait last year that took me 18 months to make (including 15,000 individual hand cut pieces of veneer!). I don't think anyone (except the ultra wealthy!) would be willing to pay for the time and effort it takes to turn out a decent piece.
Tony, Paul etc👍😂
 




SUA Seagull

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Jul 23, 2016
419
Stratford-upon-Avon
Tony, Paul etc👍😂
What a great idea, you're on to something there!

I also made this piece (....apologies to the good folk of NSC, it was an unbelievably thoughtless subject selection for a lifelong Albion fan, I know, but it was merely an experimental "sand shading" exercise - honest!....) so perhaps Tony and Paul could keep it in the Boardroom for directors' dart practice!

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Herr Tubthumper

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The Fatherland
As a relative newcomer here, I love this 'Board' (no pun intended - well, maybe it was!).

At what have been difficult times for me recently, it often gives me a :) and sometimes even a :lol:
First of all welcome! Second, puns should always be intended, not only intended but shoe-horned into threads as much as possible. :lolol:
 


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