Carved Flower Planters

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Project by EPJartisan posted 03-24-2010 05:32 PM 1863 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was in Kyrgyzstan, I took a long trip into the Tien Shan mountains. The style of art was simple and powerful representing how the mountains interact with the trees, clouds, and animals. I was inspired to carve into a “simple” (I don’t do simple) flower box for a back porch in Oak Park, Illinois.

The motif are a white Oak Leaf and a Red Oak Leaf.. specially designed so that water would drain out of the boxes and off the end of the porch… used a copper pipe cut lengthwise in half in a sliding channel designed into the bottom of each of three sections. I made three… 10 ft long 6” wide and deep (the carved design in 18” long). Redwood stained brown (I hate staining wood).

Funny story. I have a form of color blindness.. my assistant at the time came in right after I had started staining.. she exclaimed that they were the most beautiful color of purple she had ever seen.. I freaked out.. they were supposed to be chocolate brown. three days later and with her help got them brown.

They turned out so nice.. the client bought new furniture to match the boxes

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 03-24-2010 05:59 PM

Nice carving job and good story too.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#2 posted 03-24-2010 06:34 PM

These are nice. I think they would have looked good even in purple…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#3 posted 03-24-2010 08:11 PM

HAHAHA!! I know how you feel man, I too have a hard time with colors. My wife has to help me dress in the mornings or I end up looking like a clown

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut [email protected]#%#[email protected]!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#4 posted 03-24-2010 08:54 PM

This is really nice. I thought you were going to say that the were pulling one on you. Looks Great!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#5 posted 03-25-2010 07:58 PM

beautiful carving!!

-- helen

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