|Samples of Composition Ornaments|
The first thing I showed was how you can dress up a typical frame with the compo corners. The frame I'm using is for one of my wife's paintings but since compo sticks to anything, an inexpensive frame from Michaels, Aaron Bros., JoAnnes, etc. can easily be modified and improved.
|Corner Ornaments, can be used on any frame then finished to match|
|Close up of corner piece|
Another piece that I demonstrated was one that you can use to create a long line of detail. I showed it on a picture frame but this is something that works really well to edge the bottom of a cabinet or the edges of a mirror frame. You can imagine how much time it would take to carve a repeating detail like this! Once the compo is steamed it becomes very flexible and you can conform it to whatever shape you need, just watch that the details don't become distorted.
|Applying Fish Scale, Notice the flexibility!|
|Close up of the Fish Scale|
The next demonstration of the evening was given by Chris DiRossi. Quite a contrast -- compo has been around since the 1500's and Chris's demo had to do with Google Sketch Up which is much, much further down the time line of technology and woodworking! Really interesting, he brought in his lap top, a large monitor, and this really unique mouse that is great to use with plans and making drawings. It allows you to select your drawing and then rotate it in any direction to see the details of the plan. He started out by showing us a plan from a recent magazine (Woodworkers Journal I think) for a table. You can go to the website, download the plan, and then by using the free Google Sketch Up program completely de-construct the piece and get every detail to actually build it in your shop. According to Chris there is a huge library of plans available on the internet as well as through most of the popular woodworking magazines.
He also walked us through how to use the program to design your own projects. I must admit being somewhat of a dinosaur and computer challenged but I can really see the value in using these programs. It's very easy to make changes and visualize the work before you start to build. I know my son has used it for building a backyard structure and he had good success. A real advantage for making your own plans is how easy it is to change dimensions or, as Chris demonstrated, change the number of drawers in a given space to see how it looks. To top it off, it will automatically give you the sizes. You know how difficult it can be to divide a given space into equal divisions -- of course there are tricks to doing that but they're being replaced by the computer. The demonstration was really informative and Chris answered many questions from the members.
|Watching Chris explain Sketch Up|
|The large monitor made is easy to see from anywhere in the room|