Tree of Life Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 12-28-2010 11:37 PM 3104 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was given to my Sister and Brother-in-law for a Holiday Present.

Knowing my Brother-in-law has a Celtic history and that they both like this sort of thing, I designed what I thought was going to be a trivet out of the Celtic “Tree of Life” symbol.

It’s solid walnut and a little over an inch thick. It measures around 8 inches in diameter. It was quite the chore cutting this on my scroll saw but I took it slow and perseverance won the day.

I finished it with mineral oil as I thought it would be in contact with food some of the time.

My Sister took one look at it and promptly decided to make it a wall hanging instead of a trivet – “It’s too nice to put a hot pot on it”. I’m sure none of you heard THAT story before with a cutting board or trivet! ;-)

Oh well, I’m sure it will be happy up on the wall as well. :-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 12-29-2010 01:43 AM

Great choice of wood Bob. Your sister is right. It is too nice to put a pot on it!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 12-29-2010 02:08 AM

Wow, Bob! It is awesome! You are right, we ARE on the same wavelength. I spent my afternoon drawing up another Celtic candle tray.

This, however is simply beautiful. It took some doing to cut the inch thick walnut, I bet. You have a lot of patience! The results are really prettyl and I am sure with the oil finish it is even more stunning in person! It is a great design and you did a bang up job on it. No wonder she doesn’t want to use it as a trivet!

Great ! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 12-29-2010 05:25 AM

Very Cool Design!

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 11:14 PM

That is really neat.

There are a few ways of looking at it.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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