In this post I will show the process of making my Watching/Waiting piece. The final piece is 6″ X 11″ X 2.5″ made out of 1/2″ and 1/4″ baltic birch. The tools I used are a circular saw for the straight cuts for the frame, a scroll saw for the curved shapes and a Dremel tool and sander for the distressing and shaping.
First I work up the design in Photoshop. Once the image is finalized I work out how it will be built making sure each layer is supported by the layer under it while also hiding the support system. Each layer has alignment holes and hidden center lines to help make sure everything comes together correctly. The left side is the final image and the right side is each layer ready to be printed on paper.
Once the images are compiled, formatted for printing and printed out they are applied to the sheets of wood. I used 1/2″ and 1/4″ baltic birch for this. Next the holes for all the inside cuts are drilled. The shape and size of each piece helps determine if I cut the shape out first or the inside cuts first. Here I’m cutting out the inside cuts for the ears.
First is a test build of all the pieces for the wolf head. Next is the first pass of color. All my colors are thinned house paints. The next two photos are after texturing and distressing. My textures are a combination of sanding away layers of paint, dry brush painting, grey wash and water applications.
Next the frame was painted and built. I use different Dremel bits to scratch and drill into the wood to age and distress it and I used the same dry brush, grey wash and water wash to create the textures. Next the wolf and frame get a few passes of spray paint. You can see how I masked off the areas that I didn’t want to paint.
The wolf and frame both receive another pass of grey wash and some sanding to distress it. The head is mounted inside the frame and its finished.
I’m self taught and far from being a competent woodworker and many of my techniques probably take longer than they should. Everything I know has been from trial and error. That’s part of the fun I guess. I post process photos to document my journey, failures and successes, and to share what I have learned. It’s also an attempt to encourage people to challenge themselves, learn new skills, make something and share their journey with others.
If you are interested, Watching/Waiting is available in my online store, each piece will be signed and numbered and limited to 10.
Get more info by clicking here–> Watching/Waiting By Twofour Manufacturing .
I have some new stuff up in my store.
My Adventure series of prints. 10″ X 10″ screen printed on birch.
An updated version of this piece to include the wolf!
Just for fun I made some sasquatch yard art for our front garden! Everyone needs this!
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Since making the move to beautiful Portland Oregon I have been focusing on a couple of things. First, I had a kidney stone, which was great fun and I am really glad I am finished with that project…for now. Second, I have been doing more wood pieces. Focusing on making simple shapes to convey the detail. This one came out alright I think. Right now this direction is a bit on the cartoon side for me but I am excited to see where this takes me. Im trying to carve the pieces to give them a bit more of a dimensional look. The big eagle was a take on the eagle in the WPA logo.
This has been a crazy year for the team. Jeanette and I had some great sadness and some great joy come our way in 2013. In the end it was a good year filled with big changes and new directions. We are starting to get back to normal after our move and things are starting to feel good. Portland is beautiful and we have been spending as much time as we can hiking even when it’s cold and rainy. This photo was taken at the half way point of our move from Atlanta to Portland. We picked the roller coaster instead of the merry go round and I’m glad we did. Go where you want to go, live where you want to live. Life is short, choose your own adventure!
At this point this isn’t news but I haven’t posted anything here in a while. After about a year of discussion and hand wringing JEANETTE and I have decided to pack up everything and move to Portland OR. We are really excited about the move and are ready to get on the road to our new adventure. We are having a studio sale this weekend to help clear out some of our stock. We will both have old stock and seconds for sale at blowout prices as well as some give aways, a few household items and some art supplies. Come out say hello grab some stuff!
So we are finally rested and getting back to normal here at HQ after our whirlwind trip to Philadelphia. We originally planned the trip because JEANETTE had visited Philly briefly back in the winter and wanted to go back and spend more time in the PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART . We heard about the ART STAR CRAFT BAZAAR and decided to plan the trip around it.
We don’t usually do many art fairs out of town especially as far away as Philly. We can’t really fly or ship our work so we have to rent a van, fill it with goods and do the drive. We had heard really good things about Art Star and decided to take a chance. If it was a bust at least we would have a few days in an interesting town.
Leading up to the trip the weather forecast was looking grim. Thunderstorms and high winds are not a welcome addition to an outside arts and craft fair. We pressed on, packed the van and kept a good attitude. Hey at least we get to spend the day in an awesome museum and try some local Philly vegan food!
After a 13 hour drive we arrived at the B n B and crashed for the night. BTW AIRBNB has saved us a ton of money and put us right in the locations we want to be in.
Friday morning we walked over to GRINDCORE HOUSE for coffee and bagels and then we headed over to the museum. Make sure you make some time to go to the Philadelphia Museum Of Art at some point! It is a super collection with way too many awesome pieces to list here. I would definitely go back, even after spending the 4-5 hours on this trip.
As predicted it started raining Friday night with a pretty steady rain all night. We woke up to a grey Saturday morning but no rain and headed over to Penn’s Landing to set up for the show. The show turned out to be great. Saturday was overcast but it didn’t rain until the show was over. Sunday was beautiful with plenty of sunshine but super windy which is another unwanted addition to an out door show.
Overall the show was really good. I think the weather kept some people away but it was well enough attended that we were able to sell a bunch of work. We had fun, saw the city and met our goals for the show. Pretty right on!
Some things we recommend in Philly:
The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Walk the city, don’t drive! The city is filled with historical buildings and markers that you will miss if you are in a car. Philly is very walkable.
Grindcore House Coffee
All vegan coffee shop with a full case of Vegan Treats! A library filled with books about radical politics! Hardcore/punk music in the background! I felt at home!
Vegan cakes,pies,cookies etc. One of the best bakers around, VEGAN OR NOT. Good to get some back in my eat hole.
All vegan pizza and sandwich shop, also with Vegan Treats desserts! Owned and operated by a super nice crew of hardcore/punk kids! Really good sandwiches! The staff talked to me about Los Crudos.
Wooden Shoe Books
All-volunteer collectively-run anarchist bookstore. Around for over 30 years! I always love a city with a store like this.
Big thanks to Philadelphia for coming out to the show in weird weather and supporting us!
Big thanks to the cast and crew of Art Star! They ran a well organized show, they were always around if we had questions and even stopped by our booth to buy a bunch of stuff!
It’s showtime! This weekend, May 11th & 12th, JEANETTE ZEIS and I will be participating in the ART STAR CRAFT BAZAAR in Philadelphia. We have both been hard at work making some new stuff and working on some restocks. We are both looking forward to getting out of the studio for a while and get our feet on some different sidewalks.
If you are in the area come out and say hello!
After we get back we will be gearing up for ARTLANTIS
here in Atlanta on June 1st!
I am going to try and do a bigger piece every few months and offer them in editions limited to 6. So the first piece is You Will Hear Bells In The Distance. This piece is how I envisioned my work looking like when I started doing paper cuts back in 2008. I have done larger more complicated pieces for gallery shows but this is the first in this style that I have offered from my store.
You Will Hear Bells In The Distance
Each element is hand screenprinted on baltic birch, hand cut and then the elements are built up into layers.
Measures 12″ X 12″ X 1 3/4″
This piece comes hand signed and numbered and is limited to 6 pieces.
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Next up on our busy schedule is what will probably be our last event of the year.
The Twofour Manufacturing and Jeanette Zeis Ceramics Holiday Sale and Studio Open house!
That is a wordy title.
We have done a sale here at the studio for the last two years and really enjoy it. It gives us a chance to bring people into out work space and show them our process. We both do demos so people can see how we make our work from the raw materials to the finished product.
So come out on December 15th if you can. Say hello, watch us work and finish up your holiday shopping with some hand made goods!