|Sam Leccia 'Debut'|
I wanted to try something original and hopefully unique. My mind wandered to an article that I had read on the Internet some time ago about resin filling of carved out designs on a knife handles. I thought that if I could place a design into the trays and resin fill the image it would be a total one off. My next thought was what would the art work be? and how indeed would I carve it into the tray. I quickly realised that I would not have the required precision to carve the design in a way that would accept the resin to leave a crisp and good image.
|An example piece of Rich's great work.|
When the test pieces arrived I cleaned them up and applied a sanding sealer and placed two coats of finish to them. I was so pleased to see the results that I decided that we would not place resin filler in the work. I then sat and thought the way ahead for the Sam Leccia hand carved, laser etched cigar ashtray. As people who carve in wood appreciate wood is a living thing even when dead, to that end I chose too carve three different types of tray originally nicknamed the MK I,II & III. I carved the first one and sent it off for lasering and of course the end of the tray checked whilst working on it. Despite the check, the completed the work looked the business.
|MKI after laser work|
I then completed some remedial work to the check and actually although the small repair looks obvious in the flesh its not too bad on the completed tray.
|Start of the MKII|
When it arrived back I was sure that it was the one I finished the piece and my it looked fantastic.
|On completion of carving|
|Art work applied|
I started on the final tray the MKIII when I began to carve my heart was not really in it and so things started to go wrong. I applied myself and the work forced me to concentrate and after a long period of time what seemed to be a lost cause began to come right. The MKIII was beginning to come alive to the point where I rather like the tray. I await the arrival of the lasered MkIII which will be different to the others, watch this space.
|All 3 trays the MKIII|
I have to say that I just love the work that Rich has completed on the trays and felt almost heart broken to let any of the work go. I generally like all of my work as it takes so much effort to make a cigar tray that I want to keep hold of them!!
|Completed tray with Sam's Cigar.|
So the project has come to a succesful conclusion all that remains is to send the MK II tray to my friend Rich. Thanks for reading