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AXE TOTEM DESIGN

Each Axe Totem is my own design. I spend a lot of time making sure the designs compliment the shape of whatever instrument I'm designing for. Once I have a design, I make a prototype using recycled foam core or cardboard purchased from S.C.R.A.P. a non-profit organization that sells...well...scrap. I play with the 3-D shape, again making sure the instrument is framed by the design and that the totem highlights all of the beautiful features of the instrument. Once I’m satisfied with the design, I’m ready to make the actual Axe Totem.

I use the plywood scrap left after cutting Axe Totem shapes to create wall hangings listed in Totem Scrap section.

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  • Joined July 15, 2010

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ESF ECO EPOXY, WOOD ICING, WOOD, ESF colorants

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    AXE TOTEM Decorative Musical Instrument...

About

Thanks for checking out my store!

AXE TOTEM DESIGN

Each Axe Totem is my own design. I spend a lot of time making sure the designs compliment the shape of whatever instrument I'm designing for. Once I have a design, I make a prototype using recycled foam core or cardboard purchased from S.C.R.A.P. a non-profit organization that sells...well...scrap. I play with the 3-D shape, again making sure the instrument is framed by the design and that the totem highlights all of the beautiful features of the instrument. Once I’m satisfied with the design, I’m ready to make the actual Axe Totem.

I use the plywood scrap left after cutting Axe Totem shapes to create wall hangings listed in Totem Scrap section.

AXE TOTEM CREATED

The shapes are cut from ½" cabinet grade plywood. For the cradle type Axe Totems, I use various types of hardwoods which I cut with a bandsaw. Some of the cradle types require sculpting after all of the pieces have been assembled, which I do with a metal grinder and various sized sanders.

Once the Axe Totem has been assembled, I start the time consuming processes required to reach the final finish with the look of inlaid glass. After each process, approximately 7 days is required to let the process dry before the next step can be started. The first step is laminating various metallic films to the plywood. Then dyes are applied. Next, using various paints and pigments, the colors are added. Once this layer has completely cured, the epoxy resin is applied. Some Axe Totems have multiple layers of epoxy resin to bring out the jewel like appearance. After the final coat of resin has been applied, a minimum of 7 days is required before removing any bumps and imperfections left by the resin. The shield type Axe Totems are now ready to display.

The cradle Axe Totems are upholstered with neoprene and foam covered with cotton or silk fabric. Care is taken to only use natural fibers so that the finish of the instrument is not harmed while resting in the cradle. Once upholstered, cradle Axe Totems are ready to display.

A NEW LOOK TO THE AXE TOTEM

Hathier is the first in a new line of Axe Totems. Unlike the other totems, these have a stained wood look. The look of Comic book and Graphic Novel art was my inspiration for this process.

The process starts with the shape cut from ½" cabinet grade plywood. A stencil is laid on the shape and Wood Icing is applied leaving a raised design on the totem. Once the Wood Icing has dried, clear stains mixed with Earth Safe Finishes colorants are applied to the wood. A coat of matte polyurethane is applied to protect the surface.

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