Wolf Maiden

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Project by KevinD posted 05-27-2008 02:15 PM 1549 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I picked up a few “Bois D’Arc” slabs on a recent trip to Texas. It’s also known as Hedge and Osage Orange. I came home and spent a few weeks trying to design just the right pattern for one of them. I’m pretty happy with this one.
Ooops, based on the comments, I guess it’s not clear. This is scrollwork. I designed the pattern, apply it to the wood and drill “starter” holes. The project was cut out using #1 FD-SR (Flying Dutchman flat skip-reverse tooth) blades and contained 251 cuts total.

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#1 posted 05-27-2008 02:49 PM

Is that pyrography? or a stencil design. Either way, it’s very nice.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 05-27-2008 03:11 PM

Looks like scrollsaw work to me. Amazing if that is the case.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 05-27-2008 03:21 PM


This is beautiful. You did a nice job on this.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 07-05-2008 07:17 AM

I am seeing this for the first time and looked at all your projects. Is this wood fairly hard or are you really confident on your scrolling, I am always afraid of breaks when scrolling. This looks as if there are a lot of close cuts. I love it I am glad I just found this. PEACE!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#5 posted 09-03-2008 09:31 PM

Gee, sorry for the delay folks, I thought I had answered your questions. Yes, this is fretwork. I design these types of patterns and several have been featured in Scrollsaw Woodworking and crafts. Regarding the hardness of the wood, Osage Orange (which this is) is about 2000 on the janka hardness scale (red oak is around 1200 for reference) so yes it is a very hard wood. I had no breakage with this piece as the grain is very tight.
Thanks for the kind words btw!


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#6 posted 05-15-2009 11:22 PM

I was so glad to hear this was actual scroll work.
As a newcomer here I hope I don’t offend anyone—but there is a BIG difference between actually creating a piece like this with your own hands and tools—
—- and punching some buttons on a machine and keys on a computer and watching it come out the other end.
Your skills are way above my paygrade.
As for “Bois D’Arc” tree – pronounced bodock back in MS where I was raised.
While the wood has many WONDERFUL qualities =
= the tree itself is a curse right up there with kudzu.
Ask anyone who has ever had to mow a yard covered in the rough sticky horse apples it produces by the gross. Yes—that is the voice of experience :-)
I vote they ALL get cut down and turned into beautiful pieces like this.

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 05:08 AM

Hey Kevin
very nice scroll work


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