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In assocation with my volunteer work the past couple of weeks with our church's Vacation Bible Study, I built this wall rack to support the Western Theme of our VBS program.

I used some Thomas Molesworth ideas for my inspiration, and used Western Red Cedar logs for the wood. Since my recent trip to the Western Design Conference in Cody, WY, and Norm Abram's Molesworth project on PBS's "New Yankee Workshop" tv show, I have been yearning for a chance to express myself in this style of wood art.

I also added a photo showing my pickup truck with the second load of logs I gathered for the work. Did you notice the spar tire on the back of the truck? What would you expect, but a flat tire, when gathering cedar logs in the Flinthills? Flint rock chips aren't good for tires.

The carving was done by free hand with a router, after transferring the artwork from a piece of paper to the wood using carbon paper. Molesworth painted the silouette black in his historic work, but in this case I tried painting the background instead with some extra brown paint I had left over from another project. I think next time, I will do it Molesworth's way, I like it better that way.

The hooks are Kansas Whitetail Deer antler, sheds of course, and were left over sections after making knife and cane handles out of the rosette end of the antler. I have used antler hooks a lot over the years, and they make a great "look" to my way of thinking. I've even sold just hooks to people that found my work on the internet. Seems others like them also.

After the final VBS program, this piece was auctioned to support next year's VBS program for $65.00 to the auctioneer's wife. They are good friends, and I am glad they won the bid.

Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

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Want to See More of my Furniture Work?:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you will find that I have not updated my website in quite some time. I realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are some more Lumberjocks related lilnks with updated postings of my furniture work, sorted into categories. Thanks for your interest in my work, and your patience with my website.

Arts and Crafts, Mission Style Related Projects:
  1. Arts & Crafts Entry Table; with Carved Oak Leaves
  2. Arts & Crafts Orchid Stand w/ Wine Bottle Storage
  3. Arts & Crafts Style Morris Inspired Chairs
  4. Arts & Crafts Display Top Coffee Table
  5. Arts & Crafts Style Inspired End Table Set
  6. Arts & Crafts Style Inspired Prairie Couch
  7. Table Lamps
  8. Arts & Crafts Carved Entertainment Center
  9. Mission Entertainment Center

Church & Worship-Art Related Projects:
  1. Carved Communion Table
  2. Carved Roll Top Sound Equipment Cabinet
  3. Fancy Church Side Altars
  4. Processional Cross
  5. Fancy Speaker's Lectern
  6. Church Hymn Number Board
  7. Communion Chalice (Cup) and Paten

Art-Furniture Related Projects:
  1. Sam Maloof Inspired Walnut Rocker
  2. Original Art Carved Tilt Front Desk, inspired by Birger Sandzen
  3. Natural Edge; Nakashima Inspired Coffee Table
  4. Decoratively Painted Box End Tables
  5. Birch China Cabinet for Cut Glass Collection

Rustic, Western, Cedar Log, and Cowboy Related Projects:
  1. Naughty (Knotty) Refined Rustic White Oak & Black Walnut China Hutch
  2. A Kansa Indian and Buffalo Accent Art-Chair
  3. Refined Rustic Dining Chairs
  4. Refined Rustic Dining Table
  5. Cowboy-Western Style Suitcase/Luggage Support Racks
  6. Fun With Cedar Logs #1; Sitting Stool
  7. Fun With Cedar Logs #2; Coat/Hat/Spur Rack
  8. Fun With Cedar Logs #3; Western Style Hat/Coat Rack
  9. Fun With Cedar Logs #4; Entryway Stool

Outdoor Furniture Related:
  1. Kennebunkport Style Adirondack Chair
  2. Outdoor Garden Wedding Arbor
  3. Outdoor Project: Cedar Wood Double Settee

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Great job Mark. Welcome back to among the Jocks.
 

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Beautiful work as usual Mark, good seeing you making things other than caskets and churches although they where beautiful too. I like to see your other creative side. But thats me. mike
 

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Another beauty, I especially like the inverted cowboy silhouette, if that's what it's called.
 

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geez… this is great!!!

Nice antlers as well-without looking too "antler-ish".
 

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Exceptional! I think you need a trailer, so you can havest more wood and give your truck a break. Sorry to hear about the tire.
 

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Great work, all the way around. I could never pass up good logs that I know are so beautiful in side. We have incense cedar here and the color is just not the same but the smell will still drive you out of the shop.
 

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in the words of Mike Rowe, "I can smell it now!" what a blast working with fresh hewn cedar.
 

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amazing…the wood is so beautiful…
 

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nice piece … red cedar is nice to work with and smells good too. Great project
 
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