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Welcome to Kenny J Custom Designs
Woodworking and Home Decor
Here at Kenny J Custom Designs we create beautiful works of art and pieces of furniture from reclaim wood, using designs inspired by graphic design artists.
I offer a wide variety of images that can be burned into the wood, including but not limited to: scenes from Nature, Fantasy, Nordic, Military, Trees of Life, and much more...
Lyric Guitars capture the words your favorite song in a beautiful wood engraving.
Click on the link below to shop the full line of Lyric Guitars
Lyric Guitars with a Finished Edge are available in both horizontal and vertical formats. But the vertical format is only available as an acoustic guitar.
Our products are made from a combination of new wood or salvaged from down trees resulting from recent storms. All pieces are hand cut, planed, finished and smoothed by hand.
Depending on availability some of the local woods I use include: Ash, Red Oak, Hickory, Cherry Birch, Maple and Walnut.
About Laser Engraving
Laser engraving is an art. Most people think that you can turn on a computer throw a piece of wood under the laser and come out with a finished product. This is just not the case...
The first step is to prepare the wood. From a salvage tree this means, cutting, planning, sanding, and shaping to the desired size and shape. Depending on the type of wood, some are hard, and some are soft, this will dictate on how receptive it is to the laser burning. Then you select a design to burn into the wood, load it into the computer and convert it to specified format. Calibrate the machine to size and dimensions of the work of art. The challenging part refining the image to enhance the contrast of positive and negative space of a 2-dimensional image into a 3-dimensional design. Adjusting the speed, strength, and quality of the laser to match the level of detail in the design and the softness of wood.
Burning to0 hot and too fast or too slow will result an image that is not only burned too deeply into the wood, the image will be blurred and spotty.