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I’m Not the “Super Fan”, but I am a Fan!

Earlier this summer Will Strohl announced the DotNetNuke Super Fan Contest for 2012. I love our community and how passionate they are about DotNetNuke.  I was really excited last year to see some of the great Super Fan entries.  This year I wanted to participate even if I couldn’t “officially” enter.

As many people in the community know, I love doing woodturning in my spare time.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had much spare time this year.  I started a new project this past January and just completed it this past weekend. 

I really love turning bowls and platters.  Last year I was experimenting with a technique that I learned from Al Stirt that he used to make pieces like this Transforming Wave Bowl.  Like many wood working techniques, it is easy to learn but takes a while to truly master.

For my entry I wanted something that highlighted my passion for DotNetNuke.  I have also been playing with marquetry which is the process of creating pictures using different materials.  This is a very difficult and time intensive process.  Some marquetry pieces can take upwards of 10,000 hours to finish.  I didn’t invest nearly that much time, but some days it felt like it might take that long.  Of course my work is no where near the same quality as a true master but I enjoy it nonetheless.

One of the first steps was taking a basic DotNetNuke logo and deciding how to best display it using nothing but wood.  I would need to find wood to represent the different shapes and colors.  With my woods selected, I used my scrollsaw to cut out the constituent components of the DotNetNuke logo. (Click on any image below to see a larger version)

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As you can see, I kept things pretty simple since this was only one part of my finished project.  With the individual parts cut-out, I created a “medallion” with a recess cut to accept the logo pieces.


This was a bit of a shortcut because normally I would have created the recess in the actual woodturning.  Again, I wanted to make things easier since I am still learning marquetry and working with an odd shaped piece is much harder than working with this small medallion.

My bowl is a fairly basic shape and has already had the rim and backside coated with a black Gesso paint.  This paint is typically used as a base paint for canvas but works well as a coating for these wood pieces.

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You can see in the picture above that I have turned a recess in the bowl so that I could put the DotNetNuke medallion in the center once it was complete.  Once the medallion was in place I laid out a design that I wanted on the rim.   


I kept the overall design on the rim fairly simple so that it would not completely overpower the DNN logo in the center.


With a little grove around the medallion and some additional gesso, I am able to highlight the medallion and make a nicer transition from the Maple to the  Osage Orange used for the medallion.  Once sanded it looks great.


One thing that I really like about using the gesso paint is that it allows me to add some subtle effects like adding texture to the front and back of the bowl.

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All in all, I am pretty happy with the way the project turned out.  I estimate that it has taken more than 30 hours of work but it is just a drop in the bucket considering all the time I have spent on DotNetNuke in the almost 10 years I have been working on the platform.


I may not be the “Super Fan” but as you can tell, I am definitely a huge fan.  I would love to see how much of a fan you are.  If you hurry you still have a few days to get your entry in for the Super Fan contest.

This article is cross-posted from my personal blog.


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