Panels from the Big Lynn Lodge, Little Switzerland, NC

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Project by darkhollow posted 07-18-2011 06:27 AM 2450 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These panels were a commission for the Big Lynn Lodge, in Little Switzerland, North Carolina…a great place if you are in the area. Some are of Oak and some are of Ash. They measure 3’x5’, with the exception of the tree, which is 2’x3’. For this job I paid a friend, Kevin Wadell, furniture designer and builder, to do the mill-work and to glue the panels up. I also bought a router for this project, to do the rough-out work. I then carved them all to final appearance. Though I prefer to use traditional tools, the time it would have take to do these panels with all traditional tools would have been prohibitive. They were treated with Land Ark’s exterior liquid finish.

1- Tree
2- Hummingbirds
3- Trillium
4- Hiker
5- Roan Mountain
6- Pond

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#1 posted 07-18-2011 07:45 AM

Very impressive! All the short grain that you had to deal with and yet the tree didn’t drop a single leaf. WOW!

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#2 posted 07-18-2011 10:54 AM

nice work

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 11:41 AM

Very impressive -beautiful work

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 02:08 PM

very awesome! the tree for sure is my fav

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#5 posted 07-18-2011 04:52 PM

Your work so beautiful! Really blew me away!!! Thanks for sharing this.

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#6 posted 07-20-2011 01:29 AM

awesome cool BUD!

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#7 posted 07-20-2011 04:10 AM

The placement of the ripples in the pond on the last plate blew me away.

I would love to get into carving.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 07-20-2011 05:00 AM

Honestly, I got really lucky on that. I was getting ready to start the last panel (there are 12 in all), and I knew I wanted to do the pond. i went to get the last blank panel out of my storage room and saw that the growth rings were perfectly placed for the fish. It is one of my favorites. way in the background there are two guys fishing in a boat, nowhere near where the fish is…these are my two good friends Big John and John.

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#9 posted 07-20-2011 09:40 PM

You mean if I visit the Big Lynn Lodge in Little Switzerland, NC I’ll be able to see your work? That’s awesome! How does it feel to have your work on permanent display? That’s got to be a confidence booster! I’m proud of you, DH!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#10 posted 07-21-2011 12:33 AM

yes, they were there a years ago when I was last there… I also did a court crest atop a grandfather clock made by Luther Stroup, (sp) of Spruce pine, NC on public display, but hopefully you will never have an occasion to see it, as it is in the NC state court of appeals!

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