Cedar Logs: A carved Sedona Desert Canyon Molesworth Inspired Western Style Hat and Coat Rack

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Cedar Logs: A carved Sedona Desert Canyon Molesworth Inspired Western Style Hat and Coat Rack
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This piece is ”For Sale”, to buy it, click here to transfer to my Shop

This is a style of work that is fun to do, as it provides numerous unique and creative ways to use wood, so I thought I would share it.

Running in my “Fun With Cedar Logs” Series on functional woodart made from discarded Kansas Flinthill’s Prairie cedar trees, I built a Hat/Coat rack made from cedar.

I built several things out of cedar, and have enjoyed the freedom the rustic styling gives me, and the opportunity to make something useful out of locally hated and discarded trees.

The “carving” is loosely inspired by some work I saw at the Western Design Conference last year, and Thomas Molesworth’s historic pieces.

The hooks are made from Kansas Whitetail Deer antler sheds.

I entered this piece in the local Chase County Fair last week and it took 2nd in the Woodcarving category, losing to my other carved entry, a Walking Cane I made for my dad last Christmas.

Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou
email: [email protected]

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Want to See More of my Furniture Work?:
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-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

13 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-31-2007 09:44 PM

another second? You got robbed. Ha. Oh right—first place what “THE” cane!!! :)

Love the look of this and a much better use for antlers than having them just hanging on the wall (or sitting in a corner

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

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#2 posted 07-31-2007 10:37 PM

You may think it is a silly project but I love it. This is the kind of stuff I like.

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#3 posted 07-31-2007 10:40 PM

Seems like you are always losing to yourself, not a bad way to go…nice job.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 07-31-2007 11:35 PM

Good point Buckskin. I don’t mean “silly” in a bad way, so I changed the text to mean more of what I was trying to say. Thanks for the encouragement.

Don’t worry RobS, I have lost many, many, times in my life in competitions. I came to the conclusion that losing was better for my character than winning. Doesn’t sell many books though, so not a popular belief.

Debbie: you are right about the antlers. I see people hanging them on fences and the sides of buildings, and I think, “what a waste, if I could get a hold of them, I could cut them up and use them in a better way.” Ha.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 07-31-2007 11:43 PM

I like that idea “enjoy the freedom rustic gives us.” I’ll try and remember that if I ever stop doing cabinets….

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 07-31-2007 11:57 PM

Dennis: only you can make “that” decision. Hang in there brother. You are talented and live in a great market, surely you can find the network you need.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#7 posted 08-01-2007 12:43 AM

Thanks, Mark I would call this “whimsical”.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Mark A. DeCou

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#8 posted 08-01-2007 01:09 AM

good word Don, I made the change. Thanks.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#9 posted 08-01-2007 01:42 AM

How does that song go ” I’m my own grammpa, I’m my own grammpa” ......... mike Good for you buddy.

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

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#10 posted 08-01-2007 05:10 AM

This is very cool Mark.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 08-01-2007 05:52 AM

I really like this, Mark.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 08-03-2007 07:17 AM

Great job, Mark!
I love Molesworth craftwork. I wanted to do my side table enry in his style using reclaimed barnwood. I just got a planer, and when teh rain lets up I may just take those old oak floor boards and make a table with a cowboy art.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#13 posted 08-03-2007 08:17 AM

Your ability to come up with new and spectacular projects amazes me. Your creativity is relentless!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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