Stained Glass Flower

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Project by BentheViking posted 04-08-2017 07:53 PM 674 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During 2009 and 2010 I participated in a millwork apprenticeship sponsored by a foundation of Prince Charles. We’d go into a early 1900’s house pull out old doors, windows, ornaments brackets, and fireplace mantles, bring them back to our shop, break it down to individual parts and mill everything new to create an exact replica. It was an amazing 6 month program and really cemented my love of woodworking.

At the end of the program we went on a 10 day trip to England, traveling various spots and meeting the Prince at our graduation ceremony. We spent two days at Lincoln Cathedral (the scenes in the Da Vinci Code movie that were supposed to be Westminster Abbey were actually Lincoln Cathedral). While there we spent two days in workshops, one doing stained glass, one doing stone carving. The flower pattern we were working on was something that apprentices did as a practice project at the time the cathedral was being built and they incorporated the “Apprentice Flower” stones on a wall in the cathedral itself.

For years the stone has sat in my garden, but the glass just sat in newspaper in the shop. It is held together with lead so I was never sure what to do with it. Finally last weekend I cut up some jatoba flooring scraps and milled this simple little frame to hold the glass. Its just glued and clamed together and finished with a rubbed on carnauba wax. For now its just sitting on my window sill, but someday I may incorporate it into a bigger project, just have to figure out what/how.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#1 posted 04-09-2017 10:26 AM

Looks great ben. Stained glass is a skill id live to get into.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 04-10-2017 01:16 AM

Thanks stef. It was really tough, but cool. That being said I find its tough for woodworking. To get the most out of the glass you need to have it in a place that gets a lot of nice sun coming through it, but often we are making larger furniture projects that go against a wall and therefore don’t get good light going through it.

btw I’ve been in the shop doing a bunch of stuff lately, just haven’t posted much yet. More to come in the next few weeks.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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