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Autumn Kaleidoscope by ButterflyDragon Autumn Kaleidoscope by ButterflyDragon
This Nantucket basket is 10.5" in diameter and 3" high.

The base and rim is made of walnut, cherry, ash, hard maple and mahogany. I had a bunch of small scraps that I sawed, glued, re-sawed, glued, etc. to make the stock to work from.

Woven with Narrow Medium cane and finished off with brass nails in the rim.
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sandpiper764 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
Beautiful work on this. I like the kaleidoscope of wood pieces on the rim and base of the bowl. Easily a favorite :)
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Perlandria Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
Absolutely gorgeous. Such nice material choices, and lovely in execution. The scraps add just the touch of random which really elevates your obvious craftsmanship into art for art's sake. I favorite a lot of things, but I almost never comment. But how can I not heap praise on this? This is beautiful.
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are way too kind. Thank you very much.
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LissaMonster Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not familiar with Nantucket baskets or anything - just wandering around deviantArt and this caught my eye. Love the woodwork!! And I'm impressed at how even you got all the weaving.
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my-bits-and-pieces Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
that is extremely beautiful! I love the way the different colours of the woods combine.
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much.

:hug:
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hollow-welt Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007   Artisan Crafter
wow, did you turn the disk on the bottom or use a router. nice work!
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
The base and the rim were turned. In fact, they were both turned from the same piece of wood.

To make sure the rim matches the base, I always use the same piece of wood, to ensure grain and pattern matches properly. The problem with that is if I mess up on the rim (which is made last, to fit the basket precisely) I pretty much have to start the basket all over from scratch.

Fortunately I've only messed up on one rim in that fashion. lol
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hollow-welt Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007   Artisan Crafter
ha! i hear you there. do you turn the wood yourself? i have a lathe. awesome tool. i should turn some stuff this summer.
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep. Bought a lathe specifically for turning my bases and rims. I've yet to really get into bowl turning and other stuff. Too much time making basket stuff. lol

One of these days I'll take a class on turning so I really know what I'm doing.

:D

(I want to try to learn to turn alabaster, saw some really beautiful pieces in a local show)
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seekerj Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Nice to see another creative perfectionist doing traditional work with a new twist.
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for your nice compliment. Now I can't wait to see your gallery.

:)
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seekerj Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
Sorry to disappoint you, but I haven't submitted any work yet. I just started on Deviant art and am caught up in looking at everyone else's right now. Maybe I'll get motivated!
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is incredibly amazing! I cant even imagine all the work it must have taken to make the base and rim. :clap:
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not that much work. Just time. lol

Glue, wait for it to dry, cut. Rinse and repeat many, many times over. The waiting for the glue to dry was the "work". Took me 5 days to get the completed stock to use for the base and rim, but the actual work involved to make it was less than an hour total; across those 5 days.

Thank you for you wonderful comment.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Still seems like a lot of work to me! O_o Thanks for the explanation!
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JadedAngelofLight Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007
:worship: I bow before your awesomeness and humility.
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fairiesnest Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing work! And it really is very evocative of autumn.
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much. I couldn't help but think how "autumny" the colors came across.

Thanks for the fave.
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
OMG! FLAWLESS work! I can't even imagine attempting such a thing.
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very kind of you. Definitely not flawless, but I do bust my ass trying to attain perfection each time. (I know... it's impossible to do... but I sure try. LOL)

Thank you for your kind words.

(But you should try it... it's not hard to do... just time-consuming)
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
This piece is featured in my news article [link] in celebration of Artisan Crafts Month
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much. I'm honored.
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
Please fav (click below the heart) on the news so more people will see it.
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
I have just arrived home from a vacation and what do you know, I brought some long leaf pine needles along. I hope I can make a bit of time to use them. I have made a few baskets (willow) in years past but mine are earthy lumpy forms. I would never have the patience for the exacting work you do.
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful work! :D
Blessings,
Pegs
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much. And thanks for the fave.

:)
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love the Nantucket baskets, rarely get a chance to actually see one before. Do you sell them? Now that would be cool. :D :D :D
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes. I do sell them.

:)
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
where?
:blowkiss:
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm still working on my website, once it's finished, people will be able to purchase made product and be able to correspond with me to create custom Nantuckets as well.

But presently I'm working with clientele that is local and/or familiar with Nantucket collecting.

I've thought about the Ebay thing, but I don't think the reserves would ever be met; so I passed on that option. LOL

Thanks for the fave.

:hug:
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
So true about feebay! ;p I have a few things at etsy.com, fun shops for handmade things online. Open to all artisans, if you ever have time check it out! I don't know if it would be a good market for you unless you have things under about $40, :( but they are trying to get a luxury section for items over $75. Not easy when most of the customers are starving artists! :lol: :lol:
my shop at etsy [link]
No wonder your prices are high... 120 hours work, better than the ones I've seen anywhere! WoW Love them all! :heart: :blowkiss: :heart:
Blessings,
Pegs
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MN-Vixen Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
This is a beautiful bowl.
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much.

:)
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aglaranna Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006   Interface Designer
wow, this is gorgeous!!
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you.

:)
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ArtisanCraft Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
:DYou're beeing featured on *ArtisanCraft's clubs 'Devious Crafts of the Week'
Take a look here -->[link]

Congratulations, ~summertimesnow
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summertimesnow Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006
Your Work is so stunning! I wish i could feature you every week :)
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug:

What a nice thing to say... Thank you very much.
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dragonsbutterfly Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006
Beautiful Dragon. :frail:
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
:glomp:

Thank you...

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Rainjewel4 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006  Student General Artist
Beautiful work =)
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much.

:hug:
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Rainjewel4 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006  Student General Artist
you're welcome =)
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silver-zaira Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006
wow! :o
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
:)

Thanks.
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JoJo-Seames Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006  Professional Artist
Wow! The base and rim are so awesome!
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks.... (and I see that your puppy is ready to be seen... I'm gonna head over and take a look.)
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StephaniePride Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
:faint:

Wow, that wood work on the rim and base is just stunning! It looks increadable, I'm in awe!
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you... but it was rather simple. Really. It's time consuming because of the drying time for the glue. It took over a week to get the wood into the configuration I wanted it.

But after that... easy as pie.

:)
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