Cutting the 4.5′ plank of ash down to two planks to make my diptych surfaces
After some huffing and puffing at the hand saw, two nicely cut planks
Clamping up the support cradles, made in stained cedar and the jointed with dowels.
The Ash wood I chose has the right coloring and grain pattern for the look I wanted but apparently it also has a lot of open pores in the wood grain containing air. When heated they are releasing into the wax resulting in pits.
So I am going over each one and cold tooling hot wax into the pits and then fusing and re-leveling, resulting in a smooth surface.
Second Round of Drawing Transfers, so far there are over 40!
Full View of the piece in progress, the piece is a diptych totaling about 9.5 ft long
Example of where the piece is headed. I am 40 prints into it and I plan to add about another 40+