Wood Art & its History

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Project by Joedcatman posted 02-14-2011 06:49 AM 1643 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have just completed these two projects. The first is a maple burl bowl with a little bark inclusion in the bottom. The second is a 14” x 6” chunk of birds-eye maple from the same tree. I am hoping to donate the birds-eye piece to the museum in Auburn WA. Both pieces were sanded to 600 grit and finished with 2 coats of Zinsser sanding sealer and 4 coats of Lacquer.

The History of this Work

This piece of wood art was harvested from the Pioneer Cemetery in Auburn, WA. The Pioneer Cemetery is part of the Auburn Cemetery System, and has previously been called the Faucett Cemetery, the Cemetery at Slaughter, and the Japanese Cemetery. The cemetery was created in 1878 and big-leaf maple trees were planted around the perimeter of the property about the same time. These trees had to be removed in January 2011 for safety reasons because they were diseased and rotting. The original stand of trees can be seen on the Auburn Pioneer Cemetery web site at: /HYPERLINK “”

Rainier Tree Service was contracted to remove the trees and the wood was given away free by the City of Auburn. Most of the wood from these trees was gathered by citizens for firewood but some was saved to be worked for the beauty of nature for viewing by current and future generations.

I am proud to be one of the few people who recognized the historical significance and the potential beauty to preserve at least a small amount of what God had created. I only exposed this beauty. I had no influence whatsoever in the growth of these old trees that that guarded the final resting place of so many souls for more than a century.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 02:29 PM

I watched as the trees came down. I stopped by as folks were grabbing what they could. I wished that I had more room for wood, until I could get to turning it. I am glad someone found something else to do with it other than burn it.
I have a piece of juniper that I must deal with before I could gather more future turnings.

-- Mel,

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#2 posted 04-06-2011 02:09 PM

Nice turning. That is too bad about the maple trees but I have seen big rotted trees fall and take out garages and cars. I have some spalted beech from such a tree that fell on a neighbors fence and just missed the house.

How old is that curved sign in the Cemetery? it looks newer than 1878.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-06-2011 06:58 PM

Better the trees be down than have them generating business for the cemetery. I don’t know about the iron arch but the fence was replaced in the 50’s or early 60’s. They may have replaced the gate about the same time.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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