Solar Etching

A custom furniture maker by trade, the author discovered making and selling solar etchings provided more income and more time for art.



063 solar etching 02 - two panels
LEFT: Trees and landscapes are among Daniel's favorite subjects. RIGHT: Working with the grain of the wood creates subtle, but marvelous, effects.
PHOTO: ERIC NEVERLIN AND DANIEL J.LEAHY
063 solar etching 01 - format
To the artist, the format of these solar art pieces is just as important and often takes as much time as the etchings themselves.
ERIC NEVERLIN AND DANIEL J.LEAHY
063 solar etching 04 - leahy furniture
Leahy originally incorporated sun-burned art into his custom made furniture.
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063 solar etching 05 - leahy at work
LEFT: Double-lensing focuses the flame and allows the solar etcher to burn tiny lines. RIGHT: Working outdoors attracts attention and customers!
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063 solar etching 07 - keyhole
Daniel's remarkably beautiful "Vision Through a Keyhole" is composed of more than 75 separate pieces of wood.
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063 solar etching 06 - heart's delight2
The massive "Valley of Heart's Delight" weighs 1,500 pounds.
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063 solar etching 09 - gallery pieces
Leahy's etchings are now popular items in art galleries
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063 solar etching 08 - redwood
Redwood provides color accents in the laminates.
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