Freeform twisted red cedar "sculpture"

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This piece is also made from a piece of twisted red cedar from the Badlands of North Dakota. The base is of Rocky Mountain Red Juniper from Colorado. I made it as a Christmas gift for one of our daughters, and originally set out to make it into a table lamp. My wife, Katherine, however, told me no way – that the piece was way too unique to be a lamp. After it was done, I had to agree.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 10-22-2009 03:22 AM

beautiful….! beautifully done! The mirror frame at the back was also made by you? please show us !

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 10-22-2009 03:49 AM

I can’t claim credit for the mirror frame. It came as part of the dresser set. Thanks for the positive feedback. These “freeform sculptures” are the kind of pieces I really enjoy working on. I’m currently working on several other pieces I hope to have finished sometime before Christmas that I’ll post when finished. The finish I used on this piece was a two step process. I started with a natural Watco Danish Oil (one or two coats depending on how much is absorbed on the first coat). I finish with a minimum of three coats of clear Minwax hand-rubbed polyurethane (I used gloss for this piece – satin is also available, but I personally prefer the gloss).

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#3 posted 10-22-2009 05:28 AM

A beautiful creation. Nice job to you and your wife.

-- 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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#4 posted 10-22-2009 05:59 AM

Nice work You are doing .

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#5 posted 10-22-2009 06:04 AM

Interesting piece

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#6 posted 10-22-2009 05:32 PM

Really nice, I will need to look for some of this wood when I am in ND next time…

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#7 posted 10-22-2009 05:34 PM

Very nice.Your daughter should be really pleased with this.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#8 posted 10-22-2009 06:17 PM

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments on this piece. Raspar, I thought I’d try to give you a hand in looking for this type of wood when in ND. The pieces I’ve featured from ND were harvested way back in the mid 1980’s, and I’d lost my source since then. So, I contacted the National Forest Service in Dickinson, ND, and here is the information they provided on how to go about getting some of this wood:

The wood must be hauled in 6 foot lengths or less. You do not have to take 4 cords, that is just their minimum permit fee. The permit may be purchased from Kathy Felchle. The entire grasslands is open for cutting except campgrounds, and closed/non-motorized areas (which are signed). The Blue Buttes area is open from October 15th to March 31st. The National Forest Service does not provide a specific location for you to gather wood, just exclusions.

Kathy A. Felchle
Resource Assistant
Medora Ranger District

I hope this helps you.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#9 posted 02-08-2010 07:45 PM


-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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