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Fish #23 Common Smooth-hound Mustelus mustelus ~ Dave Wright
Pallet-wood boards 57 x 104 cm
Mustelus mustelus, Gummy Shark, Common Smooth-hound, Smut, Smooth Dogfish.
If you happen to be a shrimp..... this small Shark is JAWS! This piece is made from broken down pallet wood which has been de-nailed, cut and sanded. Once prepared it is fixed together then backed for rigidity. A template of the subject is created, enlarged then recreated on the framework. Once on, it is cut out using a jigsaw, sanded again, finished then the shape is backed using thin plywood. The wood is 'aged' using a wax based boot polish, sanded a third time, framed and sealed using thinned down floor varnish which also seals. This piece can be free standing or mounted.
I enjoy making this type of piece, using wood that no one looks at twice, yet may have been around the World. Pallet wood is surprisingly good to work with, forgiving, beautiful and carries scars that are natural and man made. I cannot think of one single thing that did not sit on top of a pallet at some point. Back to the Smooth Hound........
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