Wooden Heart for my Wife

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Project by DaleM posted 07-25-2013 02:03 AM 1268 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a heart I made for my wife about eight years ago. It’s made of Oak, but not sure exactly which kind as all that was left was the stump to identify the type. It was two days before Christmas and I still hadn’t gotten my wife anything meaningful and joked with her that she wasn’t getting anything that year, which of course upset her. I was desperate until I remembered this chunk of wood. It was from a tree that was cut down, then someone cut the stump flush with ground and this chunk of wood was just laying there. I took it home and used it to sit my dog’s food bowl on for a few months until an idea came to me. I didn’t have a bandsaw yet and had loaned out my chainsaw, so I hacked away at it with a circular saw from both sides to rough it out (it’s four inches thick), then my jigsaw at an angle to help shape it. I still had to use a rasp and file and a lot of sandpaper to get the final shape. I finished it with BLO to bring out the color and made a small stand for it and had it ready in time for Christmas. Phew! My wife was happy, and I was redeemed. The reason it looks so dark is because you’re looking at the endgrain and the two dark areas on the sides were just a bonus as it was from down in the root area. If anyone else has any idea what kind of oak it is, please share. It was from West Central Louisiana, on Fort Polk. I was only there for about a year so I didn’t get too familiar with all the local tree types.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#1 posted 07-26-2013 02:44 AM

Dale, I really like this. This is folk art. I believe this is the kind of keepsake that a family could hand down for generations. Made with talent and love… the best kind of gift.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#2 posted 07-26-2013 04:39 PM

I have to agree this is folk art at it’s best!
Glad she liked it!
Very nice!!
Keep up the great work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#3 posted 07-26-2013 07:51 PM

You have a big heart. It looks really pretty, like the wood colors and finish. Way to go!

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 07:26 PM

Great save Dale! It came out great.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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