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Indian Chief

James Evans'  1937 Indian Chief

This month we proudly honor James Evans, of Iva South Carolina for his master craftsmanship and wood finishing technique. Thank you James, for sharing an unbelievable job of woodworking and an excellent piece of wood finishing.

Dear folks at Minwax, my name is James Evans and I love working with wood. The photos are my latest art project, the 1937 Indian Chief, "The Wooden Indian."

I am someone who has always admired American Indians and motorcycles...what a combination. The year of 2001 is the centennial year of America's first motorcycle, what timing. The project took three years to build, and I'll tell you this Indian does not have anything but Minwax® Wood Finish® Cherry and a number of coats of Minwax® Helmsman®  Spar Urethane. This combination brought out the beautiful luster of the wood. This Indian is built of bent and laminated spruce, yellow pine and birch.

I chose to use the Helmsman® Spar Urethane in varying sheens on the motorcycle. The fenders, gas tank, frame and toolbox are high gloss. The tires, motor, transmission and saddle are satin finish. Finally, I used the semi-gloss on the chain case & handle bars. From the satin to semi-gloss to high gloss, Helmsman's the BEST! If this sounds like an advertisement, well it sure could be!

Thank You,
James