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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Unicorn Cabinet

This project has turned into one of those that kept evolving right up until it was done. This is a present I am giving my lovely wife for Christmas. It started out going to be a rocking unicorn in the same style as the carousel horses I had done in the past. From the onset though, I kept making changes, mainly because I wanted my wife to have something different than what I've made for other people in the past.
So the first thing that had to go was the pole that ran up past the top of the animal's body. Instead it became just a unicorn up on a stand.
Then I started thinking about where she might put this. She's been wanting one of these for some time and I know she wanted it in our bedroom. I also knew our bedroom already has too much stuff and not enough room. So I figured, why not eliminate the rocker theme all together and mount it on a cabinet that she can use to store some stuff in. I started thinking about that. I just couldn't build her a simple square cabinet. I thought about round cabinets, corner triangular cabinets. The design you see in the photos is what I eventually decided on. It is an elongated, eight sided design. Of course it had to be her favorite color of purple.
So after I built all of this I started thinking of a decorating theme. After going through many different ideas, I wound up with the idea to make it look like the unicorn was sort of running through a field of flowers. From there, my creation went into overdrive. I wound up adding four vines, forty eight leaves, and over a hundred flowers to the design.
The last detail to make was the horn. I learned how to make the spiral for the horn a while back when I built a rocking unicorn for the daughter of a friend of mine. That unicorn had a seven inch horn, which looked good, but I had to decide what length I wanted to make this one. After going home and looking at some of my wife's favorite unicorns, it struck me that all her favorites are the one's with exceptionally long horns. So I made the horn for this one twelve inches long.

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