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This is an older project, but I think it is interesting, so I though I'd post it.

One of my law partners and close friend in North Carolina planted a redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) on his farm to commemorate the birth of each of his grand children. In 2011, a heavy wind storm blew down the largest of the redbuds. My friend asked me if I could make something from the trunk to give to his grandson to mark the loss of the tree. The trunk was large for a redbud, about 9" in diameter. I took a section home, sawed it up on my bandsaw and laid it out with stickers to dry. When it stabilized, I made this little leather lined box for my friend's grandson. I think the grain of this small understory tree is remarkable.

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Great grain! Nice box!
 

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What a great way to preserve the story. Beautiful Coloring and grain.

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Beautiful wood and wonderful story
I had never heard of redbud
Thanks for sharing
 

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A great way to remember a tree that had special meaning. The box is beautiful but I have heard that Redbud wood has an unpleasant odor when it is being worked. Wondering if that is true?

Thanks for sharing.
 

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Beautiful indeed…I like those lsmall leggs..they realy pop up.
 

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Can't say I have ever seen Redbud lumber. It is beautiful. Nice box. Great end to a good story as well.

Thanks for posting.
 

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Story is lovely, and the wood is great looking. We have many Redbuds trees in our back yard. A couple of them I kind of wanted to cut down because we have too many trees out there. But in the spring they are so beautiful. Now I am thinking that I could make something from them and that way cutting them would be so bad. We have a lot of them - they grow wild here. Beautiful work sir.
 
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