Lily of the Valley

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Project by scott shangraw posted 07-14-2010 11:07 PM 3311 views 13 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the latest vessel creation. We called it “Lily of the Valley” since it resembled a lilly flower. Made from Juniper with a cherry burl base it stands 24” tall and has a diameter of 18”. I used the chainsaw to first cut the cone shape and then remove most of the wood from the inside. Then grinders were used to add the curved folds that spiral down the outside, the curves and bends on the top that form the flower shape and the folds on the inside. Turquoise was added to all the cracks, voids and some of the folds. I left some of the natural bark and a stick on a section of the piece. This Juniper had beautiful blond to orange coloring and was very striking. We didn’t have it for to long, since it sold in Vail right after it was completed. This shape is one of my favorites to do and also one of the hardest. I hope to get started on another one real soon.

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-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 07-14-2010 11:12 PM

this is BEAUTIFUL—- has a really “fluidity” feel to it :)

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

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#2 posted 07-14-2010 11:15 PM

That looks like a lot of work, but well worth it. Fantastic!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 07-14-2010 11:21 PM

that is stunning how did you stick the Turquoise and were do you get it from ?????/

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#4 posted 07-14-2010 11:30 PM

This site never fail to amaze…another off the chart creation, just wonderful work Scott.

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#5 posted 07-14-2010 11:38 PM

You did an exellant job with creating this work of art! Love it!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 07-14-2010 11:55 PM

Fantastic design and creation. It is amazing what can be created with a grinder and chainsaw.
It is good that it doesn’t create much sawdust…or does it?

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#7 posted 07-14-2010 11:56 PM

Very amazing piece Scott, I can see why you didn’t have it very long!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#8 posted 07-15-2010 12:06 AM

amazing sculpture..stunning

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#9 posted 07-15-2010 12:08 AM

That’s a lot of work and well worth it – the outcome is gorgeous and so unique!!! Can’t wait to see the next one.


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#10 posted 07-15-2010 12:19 AM

Beautifully created! I love the voluptuous curves and folds and subtle flow of line that you incorporated in this vessel.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 07-15-2010 12:30 AM

Man, that is super duper nice. I’m lovin it. You do some amazing work. Do you use the Lancelot chainsaw disc on an angle grinder?
. EDIT- I just looked at all the pictures. What kind of disc is that?

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#12 posted 07-15-2010 12:40 AM

Magnificent work. That is art my friend.

How/what did you do to finish this piece?

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#13 posted 07-15-2010 12:54 AM

Thanks Everyone !!!
Pommy-I get the stone from local jewelers (reminents)Crushed up and mixed with epoxy .This is usually my wifes job !!!
Greg- It creates A LOT of sawdust I usually do these outside.
Rafter-I don’t care for the chainsaw type for the grinder I use a combination of Arbortech (heavy removal) Kutzall coarse disk and fine (refining the shape) Then 36 grit 4”disk just before sanding and to grind the stone down
Jason -normally I use tung oil after sanding to 600 grit but started using a spray lacquer with a spray gun on this one.I use Sherwin Williams “hand rubbed effect”spray lacquer

-- Scott NM,

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#14 posted 07-15-2010 02:11 AM

Dude, you have done it again. Incredible!!

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#15 posted 07-15-2010 03:16 AM

That is a gorgeous piece! Ever think of a video on using the chainsaw to carve?

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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