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54 • A&E FEBRUARY 2018 ETCH MASTERS by Ruth Dobbins All in all, he wanted to create eight panels, each measuring 33 by 9 inches. As his design, Pat wanted to portray land- scapes illustrating the concept "From sea to shining sea." He was not completely sure that he was ready to tackle a design of this scope. During this "gestation period," I had several conversations with Pat about this. After discussing all options, Pat decided that he would do it himself. He created a work space at home and bought the equip- ment through us; it was time to get serious. RECAP He began drawing the individual panels without necessarily knowing how to draw all aspects so that they could be carved. As Pat developed the layout, he began to see that there were many components in his design that he did not have the slightest idea of how to execute. Realizing this, he contacted me for help with this project— help with the design as well as getting more extensive one-on-one training. Recently, I had another session with Pat about the next panel he wanted to get started on, panel number five in his sequence. The design he had worked on illustrated the Midwest with its vast prairies and expan- sive fields. He wanted to get across a feeling of many farms that were deserted because people have moved to the cities, leaving all behind. Part of his design, therefore, was an abandoned barn and a dilapidated wagon. He had found a barn online, and we used a photo to abstract from to create the design. He had a harder time with the wagon until he looked out the window of our studio and saw it: a run-down wagon parked right there in front of him. He was delighted with that prospect and ran out- side to take a picture of the wagon. Again, we used the picture to create a design for his panel, but these were not the only objects in this layout—he wanted as a transition to the next panel a covered bridge, a well- known symbol of the Eastern states. He had researched the topic and found a photo of a covered bridge he liked. Once more from the photo we created a design to complete the imagery of this panel. After A Work in Progress: Part 3 BLASTING INTRICATE PANEL DETAILS Editor's note: Please find the article covering the last installment of this project in the March 2016 issue of A&E. S ome of you may remember me writing about a former student and his ambitious project for his kitchen, a space above his cabinets that wraps around a long side and one short side of the cabinetry. Pat decided to enclose that space above the cabinets and wanted to insert glass panels into the created space. The finished covered bridge. ALL IMAGES COURTESY RUTH DOBBINS

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