In spite of a whole bunch of other necessary work going on in the shop I could't resist sneaking another half hour with the die grinder on the piece. I whipped on the wood grain, and as I progressed I was more than a little unsure that I may just have wrecked the piece. But I trusted my instincts and pressed on. Then I changed bits to a fine pointed one and started in on the splits in the 'wood' It instantly looked great - just as I had imagined.
You have to look at this piece in context of the rest of the post and sign. I want the woodgrain and weathering to read clearly at a distance. People will be looking at this sign as they drive by in a car. As we layer on the paint and subtle glazes it will hopefully be magic.
Now I m ready to fill in the holes and add a few details with the Abracadabra Sculpting epoxy. It's time to kick the router into gear on the next pieces.