OPUS X: THE FINISHED PRODUCT
Although it took over a year, the finished product was worth all the work. One of the things I wanted to do with the carving was have it signed by the Fuente's (Carlos, Carlito, and the rest of the gang). There was no room on the carving itself for signing and no way to attach hardware for hanging without risking the integrity of the already thin releif carving. After much thought of how to make it hangable and signable, I mounted the carving on a piece of red oak. I couldn't find a board big enough for the carving, so I used red oak plywood and veneer edging. Once stained, I sealed it with a satin polyurethane.
The next step: tracking down the Fuente's with Sharpie in hand!