Coasters are something that you think of when you have a very good table or if someone points out that there is going to be a stain. Here's a project that made a coaster into a piece of art with an inspirational message!
If you have read the blog post about how I started sculpting, you would know that I struggle with drawing! I admire those who are able to draw and especially those talented in calligraphy! When my friend approached me with the idea of carving a quote on to a wooden coaster, I was excited! The amount of work available online of people drawing all those cursive lines is amazing. This was my chance to try my hand at calligraphy with shivering hands! I broke out all those markers and brush pens that I had and started trying out different styles and layouts. I figured out that I would have to stick with circular and square layouts for the two captions.
Here are some of the sketches and the final designs:
Hand carving all the text on to a wooden piece is a challenge in itself which requires years of mastery. That is why I chose to use laser engraving to put all that the cursive text on the coasters. This is the same technique that I used to engrave text in the base of my puppy figurines.
When I approached Mr. Anil of "Permanent Objects" he gave the suggestion to use teak wood and polish it up with linseed oil to protect it while giving a nice old rustic finish. Do take a few minutes to see how the rest of the project was completed; wood working to laser engraving!