Red Cedar Flower in progress #1 #1: Red Cedar Flower in progress #1

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Blog entry by Bearpie posted 05-25-2012 04:05 AM 3526 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have long admired people who took large pieces of wood like drift woods, stumps and such and turned it into beautiful works of art. So when I saw them cutting down this piece of Red Cedar tree stump about 5 ft tall and 2 ft in diameter, I had my chance to do something like this. I had to have it but the problem was that it was a 5 ft piece and I had no way to lift it. So I went home and got my trusty chainsaw and cut a piece off 18” long. Even at that length I was barely able to get it into the back of my minivan.

I almost forgot to take a picture before I got started.

After one full day and a garbage can full of chips and shavings.

This picture after 2nd full day, lots of shavings, sawdust and chips. I used a variety of tools to accomplish this. Grinder, die grinder, impact chisel with special forged chisels, reciprocating chisel, sawzall. (did not use my teeth like a beaver) It was a very, very dusty job and my whole shop is the color of that wood! I’m gonna have a hard time getting it clean again.

This after the 3rd full day. Still have a bit more to carve out and shape and then (Oh, boy!) lots of sanding, sanding and sanding. Please don’t envy me that particular job! Will be carving the stamens last, after all the sanding so they don’t get broken during the handling while sanding. A second garbage can was filled today!

This last picture is to give you a better idea of the size of this project. I find that doing something like this is very challenging but at the same time I am really enjoying doing this but do not enjoy all that dusty conditions. This does take some thought and really looking at the wood grains and visualizing the shape of a flower petal is just not so easy! I hope I am doing a fairly good job on this and would appreciate your thoughts on this!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Nate Meadows

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 04:18 AM

Brilliant! You know I love burls and you have done this one proud! Beautiful work! I tip my hat to you! I would continue refining your work on the pedals, bring them down to a safe strong thickness but one that makes them look delicate. There is a balance there you will have to feel with your hands as well as see with your eyes. Then I would get rid of all your tool marks. Sand paper is good but don’t neglect a scraper:). Then put in three or four coats of a rub oil finish, tung oil is my favorite but there are others! Take time to rub it and work it in…love it in. This flower will sing, and you will not be disappointed! Great work. I look forward to the next post!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Sam Shakouri

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 06:55 AM

You took the challange and successfully produced a very nice piece, ofcorse you,ve enjoyed the resullt.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#3 posted 05-25-2012 07:43 AM

Man you’ve had some fun here Erwin, wow what a result, rekon you tried every tool in the box.
Women just don’t understand that us guys simply love smashing a piece of timber into shape sometimes, way to go mate, Love it
Pete :: ))))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 07:54 AM

That is an amazing piece

To see it in your eye before beginning is the thing

It is going to take many hours of abrading. :)

Would love to see it in it’s final place.

I’ll watch for further updates.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 05-25-2012 09:37 AM

What an amazing piece and vision you had Erwin! This is going to be incredible! I too will be watching for future updates. Awesome project! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 05-25-2012 10:50 AM

Great project Erwin.

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#7 posted 05-25-2012 11:49 AM

wow your stem will be a 4×4? great job

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#8 posted 05-25-2012 04:45 PM

hurry get the rest of the wood …. and you cab make one every year … to sell
as flowerpower art or a better word the power of flowers

not that I have your skills but after you told it I van imaging it from the first and third pictures
the fourth picture deffently show what a wonderfull bowl it can be

take your time to make it delikat .. speciel near the edges
if you get the rest of the wood and if you dare ... then try make one that is
so thin that a light cuold be seen thruogh it

grand things take the time it takes … and isnĀ“t finished a second less :-)

looking paintiently forward to see the finsihed piece of art

good luck … enjoy the journey

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 05-28-2012 10:46 AM


You just helped mother nature with your magic touch.

This is going to be a beauty!

It may attract a giant hummingbird! <(;O}&

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 06-15-2012 07:02 PM

That’s just awesome Bearpie! A great visual turned into a beautiful work of art!! This flower is sure to attract the birds and bees … but … what about the deer?! Happy sanding :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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