i gotta show this off somewhere!!

bill_vincentDecember 1, 2005

It doesn't really belong in the kitchens or baths forums, and not really even in the flooring forum (yet)!! But this is about as intricate as it's gotten so far for me!! I'm getting ready to retile a section of the showroom's floor that gives me alot of my work, and one of the things I'm doing is inlaying the company logo into the floor in tile. I got a new saw back a couple of months ago that's basically a diamond scroll saw, and I've been WAITING for the chance to use it, and here it was, so this is my first try with it. First, the pic of what the logo is supposed to look like:

And here's my stab at commercial art:

It's not installed yet. I was going to install it today, but we got some tile in for a job we'd been waiting on, so of course, the customers come first. But as soon as it IS installed, I'll post pics.

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paigect

AWESOME Bill! I can't believe the detail. What kind of tile did you use for the letters?

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 5:42PM
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adichristi

Bill_Vincent, You are a TRUE ARTISAN.

Absolutely meritorious.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 5:42PM
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lowspark

No question about it, you do excellent work!! Thanks for showing us -- we love to see your stuff!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 5:51PM
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joy_or

WOW!! The detail! You are a genius. I can't imagine making all those cuts. Just like puzzle pieces. Your work is truly awesome. Yes, thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 5:57PM
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paulines

Bill,
Absolutely perfect, those letters are AMAZING! You really need to sign that art! Can you tell us what the materials are, please?

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 6:02PM
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lackboys3

Hey Bill, that's some SERIOUSLY excellent tile work! When are you moving to Central Florida? Have I got a job for you!!!!:-)
DONNA

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 6:03PM
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bill_vincent

Paige-- It's from Dal's Portobello series, Colorado green and Colorado white for the herringbone, cut down from 12x12's, all of it.

Thank you very much, everyone!! I was pretty impressed with it myself, and that takes alot!! That's why I couldn't wait to show it off!! :-)

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 6:04PM
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gfiliberto

Really *BEAUTIFUL* !!!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 6:55PM
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maggie2094

Wow - great job Bill! I can't imagine the time that must have taken. Now, couldn't you have convinced them to make that middle emblam a star? They would just have to repaint their trucks - no big deal!!!!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 8:47PM
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pamela928

Amazing, Bill. I can't imagine how you did that...
Pamela

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 9:44PM
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Bizzo

I am suitably impressed! and so glad you shared it with us here!!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 9:46PM
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bill_vincent

This is the machine I used to cut them out:

As for the star, I'm doing one of those in the floor, too-- a 7 foot by 11 foot compass rose.

So far, it's taken me just a little more than a day to cut out the template, and then cut out the letters. Now,when it comes time for me to get back to it, it'll take me about another day to cut out the field tiles where the letters will be inserted, and then probably a few hours to install it all, atleast.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 10:06PM
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catslikemice

Very cool!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 10:30PM
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susan209

You are such a knowledgeable tile person and give so much of your time and concern to all who ask. And you also show us such marvelous jobs you do............I think we all appreciate you so much. THANKS BILL

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 11:54PM
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mahatmacat1

Way to go, Bill :)

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 12:43AM
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paulines

Leave it to a guy to show off his tools! (LOL)

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 7:15AM
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bill_vincent

Hey now, I resemble that remark!! :-)

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 7:57AM
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claybabe

WOW! Forget FLorida, when are you moving to Washington?

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 10:07AM
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kitchenmom

Amazing Bill! You're welcome to come to Philly anytime as well. If you ever get the travel bug, you could make a great living as an itinerant tiler, doing gardenweb floors and backsplashes across the country. :-)

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 10:54AM
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lilathabit

Bill, as I have always said, you're a rarity - a true professional. Beautiful!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 11:10AM
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proudmamato4

That is just amazing!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 1:21PM
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toomuch

Beautiful work! Wish you lived around here!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 2:20PM
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namabafo

Beautiful work, Bill! You are an artist with tile...

And I even know where Bridgton is! :-) (My cousins live in Lovell)

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 5:59PM
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mindstorm

Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill ....

... isn't it time you learned to write cursive yet? Don't they teach you anything up in Maine?

No, I'm being obnoxious because that is just splendid! I don't understand how you can make those concave cuts. Your scroll work is better than my handwriting!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 8:59PM
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bill_vincent

claybabe-- I don't know where in washington you are, but it just so happens I know a contractor in Washington with one of those DL's (the saw) and she's every bit as good with it as I am-- probably better at this point because she's had hers for a while and has had several jobs she's used it on.

Kitchenmom-- That's been suggested many times!! If I were still single, I probably would, too. But I did the traveling thing-- years ago going around the country doing malls, and up until a year ago last october, around New England doing restaurants. It's no fun only seeing my wife a for a day or two a week. :-)

namabafo-- yep-- right around the corner!!

and now, Mindstorm!! :-) Maybe next time on the cursive (which is right around the corner)!! There's a major lumber company that's moving their home showroom about halfway between my house and the showroom. I was already supposed to be doing their bathrooms as well as a couple of kitchen mockups, doing the backsplashes and even a couple of granite tile countertops. But it just so happened that when I laid the logo out to take that picture, the owner came into the showroom. Now I'll be doing the fron entry of THEIR showroom, as well, complete with logo! :-)

Oh-- I almost forgot-- an update-- The house where we were waiting for the tile that finally came in-- I went over this morning to start doing the tile and apparently the furnace had a flaw and shut down, so I ended up back working on the showroom today. I'm about 3/4 of the way done cutting in the floor to lay in the logo, and tomorrow I hope to finish it up, as well as cutting and installing the compass rose (which once we got it laid out, ended up measuring 8'x12') so hopefully, I'll have some more pics tomorrow night.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 10:41PM
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jenswrens

Bill is the GREATEST!!!!! :-)

    Bookmark   December 3, 2005 at 11:13PM
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jfrorelo

hmmm...Bill gets to be creative with design, promote his company, get his hands dirty and play with new tools. And it looks great! Is the showroom paying for it too? What a great bunch of reasons to be proud of yourself!

    Bookmark   December 4, 2005 at 12:49PM
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bill_vincent

Well, 4 out of 5 ain't bad!! LOL I talked the owner into both the logo and a compass rose to show people that come in what's possible, So this one is pretty much gratis. I'm getting paid for the footage, and that's about it. My next project will be two sample boards-- one of a loon silhouette, and the other, a stag head silhouette. Here it is, everything but grout:

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sugarbreak

Holy crap!! That is fantastic!!

    Bookmark   December 4, 2005 at 10:36PM
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bill_vincent

Piece o' cake. :-)

    Bookmark   December 4, 2005 at 11:02PM
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sawmill

The owners have to be pretty darned excited over this entry, Bill.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2005 at 11:06PM
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seekingadvice

OMG!!! That is beautiful!!!

Just out of curiosity - do you have a lot of cool tile in your house? My friend, who makes cabinets, works like a fiend on his gorgeous wood projects but his own house has basic builder stuff :) He says he'll get around to it someday...

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 10:13PM
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bill_vincent

Seeking-- I was bound to be found out sooner or later. :-) I've got lino on the floor and laminate counters. :-) I DO have a tile backsplash and slate dining room floor!! Does that count? (even though they were here before I moved it!) Actually, I rent, and the landlord doesn't want to take the chance that I'll screw up his place (go figure!). WIthin a couple of years, I expect to own my own home again, and when that time comes, you all will know it, because it'll be MY turn to ask all of YOU for advice!! (with the exception of the tile and stone selections, anyway!!)

Anna-- actually, the only comment I got was it looks nice. I have a feeling that it was expected because they know what I'm capable of.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 11:00PM
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mrsmarv

Wowza, wowza, wowza! B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2005 at 2:32PM
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pirula

WOW!! Beautifully done! You know, these logo things have tremendous tacky potential. But you have managed to do it beautifully and elegantly!

I'm so hitting you up for info when it comes time for me to tile my new showers AND the marble mosaic floor in the powder room. You'll be around won't you??? Please? pretty please?

bravo!
Ivette

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 8:27AM
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bill_vincent

I'm not going anywhere, Ivette. :-) Not without alot of kicking and screaming, anyway!! (and maybe holding my breath)

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 8:35AM
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pirula

oh thank GAWD!

Ivette

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 4:15PM
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cupofkindness

Incredible work, Bill.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2005 at 4:11PM
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bill_vincent

Thanks, Cup. :-)

Just wait-- I was talking to the owner of the showroom this morning. He's building his dream home right now-- gonna be alot of design granite going in, and one of the things we're discussing right now is in the front entry doing a 4' diameter compass rose with a 4" band encircling it, and inlaying the letter "G" in the middle of it (his last initial). When it happens, I'll post pics. :-)

    Bookmark   December 17, 2005 at 5:32PM
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