Fun With Cedar Logs #2: A Rustic Impression of a Coat/Hat/Spur Rack

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 06-18-2007 09:52 PM 4749 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In assocation with my volunteer work the past couple of weeks with our church’s Vacation Bible Study, I built this wall rack to support the Western Theme of our VBS program.

I used some Thomas Molesworth ideas for my inspiration, and used Western Red Cedar logs for the wood. Since my recent trip to the Western Design Conference in Cody, WY, and Norm Abram’s Molesworth project on PBS’s “New Yankee Workshop” tv show, I have been yearning for a chance to express myself in this style of wood art.

I also added a photo showing my pickup truck with the second load of logs I gathered for the work. Did you notice the spar tire on the back of the truck? What would you expect, but a flat tire, when gathering cedar logs in the Flinthills? Flint rock chips aren’t good for tires.

The carving was done by free hand with a router, after transferring the artwork from a piece of paper to the wood using carbon paper. Molesworth painted the silouette black in his historic work, but in this case I tried painting the background instead with some extra brown paint I had left over from another project. I think next time, I will do it Molesworth’s way, I like it better that way.

The hooks are Kansas Whitetail Deer antler, sheds of course, and were left over sections after making knife and cane handles out of the rosette end of the antler. I have used antler hooks a lot over the years, and they make a great “look” to my way of thinking. I’ve even sold just hooks to people that found my work on the internet. Seems others like them also.

After the final VBS program, this piece was auctioned to support next year’s VBS program for $65.00 to the auctioneer’s wife. They are good friends, and I am glad they won the bid.

Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou

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Want to See More of my Furniture Work?:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you will find that I have not updated my website in quite some time. I realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are some more Lumberjocks related lilnks with updated postings of my furniture work, sorted into categories. Thanks for your interest in my work, and your patience with my website.

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-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 06-18-2007 10:00 PM

Great job Mark. Welcome back to among the Jocks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 06-18-2007 10:28 PM

Very nice Mark…I love the router work.

-- Bob

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#3 posted 06-18-2007 10:52 PM

Beautiful work as usual Mark, good seeing you making things other than caskets and churches although they where beautiful too. I like to see your other creative side. But thats me. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 06-18-2007 11:07 PM

Another beauty, I especially like the inverted cowboy silhouette, if that’s what it’s called.

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

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#5 posted 06-19-2007 12:01 AM

geez… this is great!!!

Nice antlers as well—without looking too “antler-ish”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 06-19-2007 02:36 AM

Exceptional! I think you need a trailer, so you can havest more wood and give your truck a break. Sorry to hear about the tire.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 06-19-2007 06:00 AM

Great work, all the way around. I could never pass up good logs that I know are so beautiful in side. We have incense cedar here and the color is just not the same but the smell will still drive you out of the shop.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 06-19-2007 07:43 AM

in the words of Mike Rowe, “I can smell it now!” what a blast working with fresh hewn cedar.

-- Dan

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#9 posted 06-19-2007 07:56 PM

amazing…the wood is so beautiful…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 06-20-2007 03:07 AM

What fun! What wonderful logs!

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#11 posted 07-22-2007 05:06 PM

nice piece … red cedar is nice to work with and smells good too. Great project

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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