12 Sets of Wood Flowers for Christmas Gifts

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Project by DaleMaley posted 12-12-2013 03:09 PM 1961 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in Feb of 2013, I made a couple wood lily flowers and vases. I made them using compound scroll sawing.

My mother took them to her coffee club…........and all the ladies loved them. I decided to make 12 vases with 3 flowers per vase, or 36 flowers. It ended up being 420 pieces cut on the scroll saw!!

I finished the 12 sets of flowers in July, then placed the cherry vases in the Sun Room window to darken the cherry. I removed them today, 5 months later, and the cherry had appreciably darkened.

I am packaging them up today as Christmas gifts for the ladies in my family.

To review the trials & tribulations of making these wood flowers, see my web site for more details.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 03:32 PM

Those are beautiful. I have to go now and see your trials and tribulations. When the minimum wage goes up, you’ll be a rich man.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#2 posted 12-12-2013 03:41 PM


I don’t think the minimum wage is going to help me any :)

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#3 posted 12-12-2013 03:51 PM

Great project!

enjoyed your trials & tribulations story.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#5 posted 12-12-2013 06:30 PM

amazing work. And it truly is work. I’m 85% done with a scrolling project, too… 340 pieces. I hope that the recipients of these truly appreciate what you’ve done.

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#6 posted 12-12-2013 06:40 PM

This is very nice work and they will make wonderful gifts.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 12-12-2013 06:40 PM

I put my name and date on all the projects I build and give away as presents to family members. I’m hoping some of them survive a long time, so someday a couple generations hence….....somebody will ask…..who was that guy that made this :)

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#8 posted 12-13-2013 01:00 AM

Even if someone takes the top off the oak table I made for my daughter some day and that person sees that I wrote, “For my children and my children’s children” along with the date I finished the project on the top of the skirt … even if that person bought the table from a second hand store because one of my children’s children didn’t think it was blending with their “Fang Shwang” or whatever … at least it won’t say, “Please put a hack saw in a cake and drop it off at prison or grandpa will never get out.”

I really embrace the idea that my children and my children’s children look at me with love and pride. Instead of saying, “I’m not crazy about him, but I have to love him because he is family,” I want them to say, “I love him and I’m really proud he is family.”

I see your flowers as “little” chunks of time and love you dedicated only to people you think are worth it.

Often someone looks at a project and says to me, “Man, you could make these and sell them!” I say, “I’d never do this much work and put this much love into something I would trade for money.”

Good stuff. I know it is meaningful.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#9 posted 07-22-2014 11:33 PM


-- Leonard H.

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