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Sol Tree by mattridgway
Sol Tree
2013
Birch plywood
48 inch diameter (122 cm)

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   These works are first designed on paper, some on graph paper, some with pencil and compass. I then take a 4'x8'x1" (122x244x2.5cm) sheet of high-grade plywood, cut it in half and map out the design on it. I drill holes in the negative areas to create a pilot for the jigsaw to fit through and cut the shape out. Once the shape is cut, I then go around all the edges with a router to round over the corners. Then I sand everything smooth and apply a wood stain followed by a polyurethane top-coat.
   That may be oversimplifying things a bit, but all the important steps are noted. If you have any questions about tools or process, feel free to ask, I would love to help.
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Sol 3 by mattridgway
Sol 3
2012
Oak plywood
48 inch diameter (122 cm)
The third in an ongoing series of wood cuts.

PROCESS
   These works are first designed on paper, some on graph paper, some with pencil and compass. I then take a 4'x8'x1" (122x244x2.5cm) sheet of high-grade plywood, cut it in half and map out the design on it. I drill holes in the negative areas to create a pilot for the jigsaw to fit through and cut the shape out. Once the shape is cut, I then go around all the edges with a router to round over the corners. Then I sand everything smooth and apply a wood stain followed by a polyurethane top-coat.
   That may be oversimplifying things a bit, but all the important steps are noted. If you have any questions about tools or process, feel free to ask, I would love to help.
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Have you ever felt like you were living a movie that you already knew the ending to, merely trying to remember your lines?
Sol 2 by mattridgway
Sol 2
2012
Birch plywood & stain
48 inch diameter (122 cm)

PROCESS
   These works are first designed on paper, some on graph paper, some with pencil and compass. I then take a 4'x8'x1" (122x244x2.5cm) sheet of high-grade plywood, cut it in half and map out the design on it. I drill holes in the negative areas to create a pilot for the jigsaw to fit through and cut the shape out. Once the shape is cut, I then go around all the edges with a router to round over the corners. Then I sand everything smooth and apply a wood stain followed by a polyurethane top-coat.
   That may be oversimplifying things a bit, but all the important steps are noted. If you have any questions about tools or process, feel free to ask, I would love to help.
   Eww, just noticed photo is out of focus. I will try to find a better one but since this piece is already sold, this pic might have to suffice.
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mattridgway
Matt Ridgway
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Fascination is a necessary component of my life. Without it, I might prefer to sleep forever. Wake me when something is worthy of attention, worthy of obsession. Bring me your anomalies, your undecipherable enigmas, your questions with no answers. This is what activates me, what drives me. Bring me your misunderstood geniuses, your universal substructure, your cultures, disappeared with hardly a trace. My ambivalence gives way to my passion. My passion leads to a focused searching, the need to chew and digest ideas until sated, to take in the light until a reflection is produced. These works are a beacon of thought, an attempt to activate another. No answers are promised, only eternal questions. My only hope is fascination. My only fear is the mundane.

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DOK-FITZ Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!;D
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oboudiart Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday ...
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Daligrrl78 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your artwork!! Especially your mandalas. :)
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1TrollSniper1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
Hello, Matt! Loved your work and reblogged some of it over at Tumblr. You can see the post here:
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MiguelD Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great Gallery!
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13101307 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
If you're good at something don't ever do it for free ;)
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meathive Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Happy birthday!
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oboudiart Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday ...
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beachelf Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
:iconfuncakeplz: Happy B-Day Matt! :iconfuncakeplz:
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skeegoedhart Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
your work is gorgeous
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