Willow Weep for Me

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Project by jlchrls posted 09-14-2018 03:02 PM 857 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this piece because I was first inspired by a photograph I found last year on FB. I would love to give the photographer credit but I did not make note of his/her name. It appears to be a picture of a willow tree taken from beneath looking up into the canopy. I thought it beautiful and I wanted to do a rendition of it.
I don’t know if this piece can be classified as “Intarsia” but it was intended to be a mosaic in that it is made from 3 different woods – live oak, black bamboo, and maple. The trunk, base, and main branches are oak, the finer branches are bamboo, and the leaves are maple. The trunk and branches were laminated together onto ¼” plywood and shaped into the tree, all of which came from cut-off pieces. The finer branches of bamboo were cut into approximately ¼” x ¼” strips then reamed through a series of progressively smaller holes in a metal plate until they were reduced to 3mm round. Then using a heat gun, I gently curved them into their present shape, gluing them into holes drilled into the branches. The leaves were made by cutting the maple into ¼” x 1” strips, applying a paper template and cutting them on a scroll saw. My estimate is that there are maybe 36 pieces making up the base, trunk, and branches, 66 of the finer bamboo branches, and over 600 sets of leaves making the entire piece over 700 pieces. It took 3½ months to complete.
I have titled it “Willow Weep for Me”

-- jlchrls, FL,

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#1 posted 09-14-2018 03:10 PM

simply beautiful … GREAT JOB :<))

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#2 posted 09-14-2018 05:07 PM

This is one of the most interesting pieces of work I’ve ever seen on LJs. Very, very nice.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 09-14-2018 07:27 PM

Very unique. Lots of detail in this piece. Excellent work!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 09-14-2018 08:15 PM

Unique and interesting to say the least!
Looks like a lot of work with passion.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 09-15-2018 02:00 AM

I think this is spectacular. Well done

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#6 posted 09-15-2018 10:05 AM

Incredible and patience required work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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