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I will confess that I like steam punk stuff, combination of soft natural shapes and heavy industrial parts and pieces.

So recently bought a package of Steam punk components from "STEAMPUNK ELEMENTS" (find them on Face book).

The package includes dozens of high detail parts and pieces, gears, tubes, gauges, ect.

Turned on Aspire and started adding and creating new parts on a Salmon file I had previously created...

Steam punk to me is kind of the Jazz music of the art world, an eclectic mix of exaggerated reality and Jules Verne Science fiction.


So attached is first effort on a Steam punk Red Salmon. Reds or Sockeye salmon deform upon entry into the river season pre spawning and grow large humps on their backs that big hooked jaws with exaggerated, sci fi like fangs... so combination seemed fun...

24" wide x 16 high x 1.75 deep. the model is .95" deep and took 3.45 hours to carve with a .125 tapered ball nose at 200ipm. ( after a .5 " rough out cut that took 23 minutes. ).


This is my rebound piece after the sliced owl came apart (figuratively ) during the painting process.


But, I plan to finish cleaning this birch piece up, than seal it and follow with painting.. …… than hope it does not die in the painting.. Thanks for looking.
 

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Very nice, I like it. Wow, 200ipm sounds aggressive to me but I really wouldn't know any different. Looks like a lot of fuzzies to clean up. If you don't mine me saying I found on softer woods before I pull the project off the machine I give it a good coat of sanding sealer. Let it lift the grain and dry. Usually about 1 hour. Then rerun the program at 150%. very little sanding if any. I really dislike sanding. But with almost a 4 hour run, sanding is probably quicker.
Great project!
 

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Creative for sure. Now cutting that by hand......either way, it seems like a timely project. One day I may have to journey into CNC but for now I have so much to learn before then. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing.
 

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I like steampunk too and also like fish so this really neat.

Looking forward to seeing the finished project.
 

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There is something magical about Steampunk, it let's your imagination dictate the outcome and makes for not only artistic but also interesting pieces. As usual Scott, you aced it !
 

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"I plan to finish cleaning this birch piece up, than seal it and follow with painting.. …… than hope it does not die in the painting.. Thanks for looking."
-Scott

Just my own preference, Scott, but I really like that natural wood look. You can paint it at any time in the future, but you can't unpaint it... :)
 

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Scott , I was wondering if there’s much of a chance for wood to break off when your doing something as delicate and detailed as this, and if certain woods are better for this application ?
 

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Scott , I was wondering if there’s much of a chance for wood to break off when your doing something as delicate and detailed as this, and if certain woods are better for this application ?
oh yes indeed parts break off. I do make some effort to leave enough mass for strength, and to use the right tools and speeds to minimize that.. but cheriho and on we go.. carve on and let the chips fall where they may. This particular carving would fail as a Pine carving.. but birch stood up reasonably well..
 

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"I plan to finish cleaning this birch piece up, than seal it and follow with painting.. …… than hope it does not die in the painting.. Thanks for looking."
-Scott

Just my own preference, Scott, but I really like that natural wood look. You can paint it at any time in the future, but you can't unpaint it... :)
I am always conflicted on painting or not painting. It never fails that a customer will show up who would have bought it if I had only Painted it, or perhaps not painted it...
 

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I am always conflicted on painting or not painting. It never fails that a customer will show up who would have bought it if I had only Painted it, or perhaps not painted it...
Par for the course . I like the wood look , but unfortunately that’s just me ,and the customer may prefer paint .
Paint looks like a chore though , and hopefully commands more money
 

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Very nice, Scott. I love steampunk. While watching "The City of Lost Children" (steampunk movie) I noticed that there's rarely blue in the movie. Plenty of red, green, brass, rust, wood etc. Maybe blue is anti-steampunk? ;)
No blue, that is fascinating. is there official steampunk rules?
 
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