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Sol 5 900px by mattridgway
Sol 5 900px
2014
Oak plywood, polyurethane
32 inch diameter (81 cm)
The fifth 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. Next, 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 sand everything smooth and apply a wood stain followed by a protective 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 4 by mattridgway
Sol 4
2012
Oak plywood, polyurethane
48 inch diameter (122 cm)
The fourth in an ongoing series of wood cuts.

This work was gifted to Mike and Aurora Shields. They gave me a free car when I needed it and I am eternally grateful.

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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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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eniguima Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave !
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FritoB Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Thanks so much for the fave!
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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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