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Project by Ellen posted 01-21-2021 05:27 PM 1096 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking for a piece of wood that would “speak” to me and present me with a heart. I found this piece of burl that had a large hump in it. I tried to imagine how to make a heart out of it and thought, if I could create a reflection, it will be my heart. It had a very large cavity in it and thought, what a perfect area to fill with epoxy and add some red to the piece. This piece can be a center piece for a table or comes with a French cleat (hanging mechanism) to mount this to a wall. The only real way to see the heart is to view it in the mirror. I love the symbolism of this.

I believe this wood is burl cherry. It is large, 16×16 x 24”

Yearly, I donate a piece of art to the Memphis Child Advocacy “Works of Heart” art auction. This year it is virtual, so anyone can bid on this. https://www.memphiscac.org/worksofheart/

The auction is online from Feb 7-14 via the link above.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html





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#1 posted 01-21-2021 06:22 PM

I’ve always found your work very interesting and unique. Keep up the great work. Nice piece with a lot of depth and thought.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 01-21-2021 07:39 PM

All that “wood speaking to you” makes me roll my eyes.
None the less, this is a very unique and cool piece so I guess I should say, “keep it up”........even if it means you hear voices and are boarder-line crazy.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 01-21-2021 11:09 PM

Ellen, another beautiful piece. Way to see the works of art from using a mirror.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 01-21-2021 11:19 PM

The wood that “spoke” to me was unique and had the hump in it to allow me the idea of how to make it into a heart. The theme of the charity is “Works of Heart”. It’s too funny, because, when I went back to the wood store to show them what I built, they said, hmmm, I’d have cut that width in half and book matched it and created a heart shape that way. I looked at it another way…thinking from the very beginning, hmmm, can i mount this thing on a mirror??

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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Karson

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#5 posted 01-21-2021 11:50 PM

What’s the other side of the piece look like in the mirror.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 01-21-2021 11:52 PM

It is the 3rd image in the top. Lots of faces on that one.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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#7 posted 01-22-2021 02:39 AM

Very creative! Good luck with the auction!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 01-22-2021 05:42 AM

How did you mount it to the mirror?

I’m a huge proponent of letting people see what they do in Mother Natures gifts, so the mirror works for me. Wishing you the best at the auction.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 01-22-2021 11:11 AM

Ellen cool idea and well done.

When someone says to me what are you going to do with that board, I tell them I’ll know when it tells me. Guess I’m crazy too.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 01-22-2021 02:45 PM

That is absolutely beautiful. Good job listening to the wood, and your heart.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Ellen

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#11 posted 01-22-2021 03:23 PM

I tested a very heavy piece of wood by epoxy to see if it would stick to the glass on the mirror. The next day i took a hammer to the side of that piece of wood and couldn’t knock it off the glass. I tested drilling into the mirror and using diamond blades, it cracked the glass on all tries. So the epoxy works!

I truly don’t understand that the epoxy will not stick to shipping tape, but sticks to glass!

Thanks for all the feedback and nice comments.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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#12 posted 01-30-2021 04:17 PM

Beautiful!

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#13 posted 04-02-2021 08:05 PM

Amazing, Ellen. Very creative.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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