“Jabba’s Palace” – Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Wood Intarsia

My latest wood intarsia piece: a scene of Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine from “Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi”. I built this from a variety of domestic and exotic woods including mahogany, bubinga, bloodwood, purpleheart, walnut, lacewood, sycamore, and maple. All natural wood colors (NO stains or paints). The frame is bocote with mahogany splines. The work is finished with Tung oil and the frame with polyurethane. This work took several weeks (and many countless hours) to create, and I documented the entire process on my Instagram account. Videos can be seen in my “story highlights” on my profile. I made this for myself. However, I am willing to very reluctantly part with it for $500 if someone just had to have it + shipping. You can buy it HERE.

 

 

  The Making of Jabba’s Palace

from instagram:

After ~7 hours of scrollsawing. My back feels just great! Ha. New Star Wars intarsia project “Jabba’s Palace”. This is how it looks in the warmer living room lights. Actual color is probably between this post and the last. Next up, getting the depth and shapes down with hours of sanding. Lacewood, bloodwood, mahogany, bubinga, purpleheart, walnut, maple, and elm (maybe. It was a half rotten branch I found and milled). See my stories to see me rocking out to @galacticempireofficial (and others) while making it. . . . #starwars #starwarsart #starwarsfanart #woodstarwars #woodart #workinprogress #woodworker #woodworking #intarsia #tatooine #jabbaspalace #binarystar #maytheforcebewithyou #scrollsawart #scrollsaw #madeinpittsburgh #pittsburghmaker #pittsburghwoodworking

A post shared by Laughing Mantis Studio (@laughingmantisstudio) on

Last shots before the finish (hopefully my Tung Oil will arrive tomorrow. Thanks for all your advice!). I got to break out my 45 degree table saw jig today and rebuild my crappy straight edge jig. I had a really nice piece of bocote wood I bought a while back for 15$ from @woodcraftofpittsburgh. It was slightly warped, so I jointed it with the straight edge jig, ripped it in half lengthwise, and mitered the 45s to make this frame. It’s not actually glued up yet. I was originally gonna router the edges, but I love that grain so much I’m just gonna leave it rectilinear – no distractions. I would have paid probably twice that at least for a decent frame otherwise. Not that anyone sells frames with these weird dimensions anyway. The piece will intentionally poke out of the frame at its thickest depth. Random: the plywood for my 45 jig was set pieces being thrown away by the Pittsburgh Playbouse. The rest was 50 cent scrap from Construction Junction @cjreuse.

A post shared by Laughing Mantis Studio (@laughingmantisstudio) on

 

 

 

“FN-2187” – Daniel D. Brown, 2018, Wood Intarsia, Maple, Walnut, & Padauk

This was a fun wood intarsia project I did inspired by “FN-2187” (Finn) from Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. It is constructed with maple, walnut, and padaduk wood – cut with a scrollsaw, shaped with a Dremel, and hand-sanded. No stains or paints were used – these are all the natural colors of the wood. Finished with gloss polyurethane. I made this primarily for me, but I am willing to sell it. Buy it here.

“FN-2187”
“FN-2187” Detail

Hairband Bracelet – Daniel D. Brown, 2018, Walnut & Cherry wood

I recently made this hairband bracelet for my wife so that she would look a bit more professional carrying around a hairband on her wrist. Cut with a scrollsaw.

Cutting Board Christmas Gift #4 – Daniel D. Brown 2017

I made this cutting board for my wife, partially out of some old branches I found in our old neighborhood, which I finally milled up myself. One was Osage orange (I believe) and one was maple. I also used scraps of walnut and mahogany. It’s already gotten a ton of use!

Aaaand a cutting board for my wife @tam_a_ryn (and me). This one is actually partially made from a couple large branches I found in our old neighborhood last year. One was a piece of spalted maple and the other I believe might be Osage orange. I got a little benchtop bandsaw for Christmas, so I milled them up, and combined them with some mahogany and walnut for this board. And it’s already seen usage, as you can see in the second pic 🙂 note: I don’t have a planer – so these are all handplaned. I look forward to the day I can get a planer so I can make some cool endgrain patterns. I’m not sure I have the skill to handplane flat enough for the endgrain glue-up step. . . . #cuttingboard #woodworker #woodworking #diykitchen

A post shared by Laughing Mantis Studio (@laughingmantisstudio) on

 

 

Cutting Board Christmas Gifts #1 & 2 – Daniel D. Brown 2017

These are the first two cutting boards I made as gifts. Constructed from scraps of Ambrosia maple, walnut, cherry, & mahogany.

 

 

 

Art All Night 2017!

Once again, my wife and I participated in Art All Night Lawrenceville. 

It’s a free art exhibit in a huge warehouse and free for all Pittsburghers. Also, anyone in the city can submit one artwork to be shown.

My mixed media sculpture/painting “Tridimensional Portrait of a Lizard in the Midst of an Existential Crisis” was on display, along with a painting my wife made. It was a blast as always!

Art All Night 2015!

My wife Tamaryn and I both participated in Art All Night again this year (in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA). It’s a free art exhibit in a huge warehouse and free for all Pittsburghers. Also, anyone in the city can submit one artwork to be shown.

My pastel pencil drawing “Sentience” was on display, along with a painting my wife made. It was a blast as always!

 

“Sentience,” Daniel D. Brown, 2014, Pastel Pencil

I must say, I put more work into this piece than any other I’ve ever done. I literally spent months working on it in short bursts, followed by a couple of weeks of more intense work. I lost count of how many dozens of hours went into it. The reference photo I used was taken by the excellent breast cancer scientist (and my colleague) Dr. Ryan Hartmaier at the Pittsburgh zoo. You can buy prints of this piece HERE.

"Sentience" Daniel D. Brown, 2014, pastel pencil, 11 x 14"
“Sentience”
Daniel D. Brown, 2014, pastel pencil, 11 x 14″
Detail
Detail
Detail
Detail
Detail

My work featured at my local (and favorite) art supply store!

I absolutely love Artist and Craftsmen Supply Store in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. I find myself there almost weekly, whether I need anything or not. It helps that I live nearby. The employees never cease to be friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They feature local artists every month behind the front counter, and I recently got a turn. Works shown are “Woodstock the Golden Conure,” “The Watcher“,”Stripes,” and “Tiger Shark.”

On display at Artist & Craftsmen Supply
On display at Artist and Craftsmen Supply

 

 

Art All Night 2014!

Here in Pittsburgh we have an awesome annual event: Art All Night. It’s art, and music, and beer… all night long. It’s free for everyone, and anyone in the burgh can submit one artwork for display – with all being accepted. It’s such a great way to see the creativity going on throughout the city from hobbyists, pros, children, and dabblers alike. Needless to say, there are thousands of works on display. And it’s an absolute blast. My pastel drawing “Dexter” was my featured work.

Me beneath my pelican pastel, “Dexter.”

 

 

Dippy & Friends, Daniel D. Brown, 2012

I made this earlier this year but didn’t get around to posting it. This is the famous “Dippy” diplodocus sculpture that stands outside the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which is easily my favorite place to visit in Pittsburgh, PA. Some new friends just strolled in from Schenley Plaza.

I modeled the diplodocus dinosaurs in Blender, photographed the museum and statue with my iPhone, and did texturing and compositing in GIMP. This was an exercise in integrating a 3D computer model into a real world photo with at least somewhat realistic lighting and shadows.

Dippy & Friends, Daniel D. Brown, 2012
“Dippy and Friends”

Beaverpond Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphus borealis), Daniel D. Brown, 2012, pencil

This is a pencil drawing of a Beaverpond Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphus borealis) seen in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA in May 2012.

Beaverpond Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphus borealis), Daniel D. Brown, 2012, pencil
“Beaverpond Clubtail Dragonfly”

I’m still trying to figure out a better way to photograph my drawings without the weird dark unevenness on the paper. Compare this to more what it actually looks like (I laid it on top of my cat).

Dragonfly on cat

Beaverpond Clubtail Dragonfly