• Puffins!!
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    Painting a Wooden Buoy

    One of Jims saw milling buddies makes wooden buoys and on a visit last year he brought one for me. Not long after, I decided it needed some paint, so out came the paint brushes and here it was after my first round of painting.

    Painted buoy.
    Painted buoy.

    It was fine. It still looked kinda new and I wasn’t sure how it would take stain so thats how it stayed.

    Unable to leave things alone, I decided to revisit the buoy. This time I decided to paint the whole thing. Before I could get to the fun stuff, I had to put a coat of white on.

    Ready for color.
    Ready for color.

    Then I traced each side of the buoy onto white paper so I could map out what I wanted to paint. I planned on a continuous scene that would wrap all the way around. Talking to Jim, he mentioned how much he loved puffins. So…puffins it is.

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    Master plan.

    I wasn’t sure if I could pull this off but what’s the worst that could happen. Its only paint.

    Once I was satisfied with the pattern, I got out a piece of tracing paper and traced the pattern onto the buoy.

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    Tracing the pattern.
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    Here goes…

    It took a few days to paint. I’m not sure where it will end up but here it is…

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    Front

    And a close up…

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    So cute.

    Wrapping around to the second side…

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    Side 2

    On to the third side…

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    Side 3

    Close up of the boat.

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    Sailing anyone?

    The fourth side is just water and sky with a few birds.

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    Birds in the sky.

    So, that’s what I’ve been up to lately.

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    Hanging buoy.

    Later.

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    One of the easiest ways to transfer project lines to a wood surface is to use a sheet of carbon paper. Carbon paper is called many other names, like tracing paper (for tracing lines to another surface), or copy paper, or graphite paper. Traditionally used to make duplicate and triplicate copies when using a typewriter.