I have long admired people who took large pieces of wood like drift woods, stumps and such and turned it into beautiful works of art. So when I saw them cutting down this piece of Red Cedar tree stump about 5 ft tall and 2 ft in diameter, I had my chance to do something like this. I had to have it but the problem was that it was a 5 ft piece and I had no way to lift it. So I went home and got my trusty chainsaw and cut a piece off 18” long. Even at that length I was barely able to get it into the back of my minivan.
I almost forgot to take a picture before I got started.
After one full day and a garbage can full of chips and shavings.
This picture after 2nd full day, lots of shavings, sawdust and chips. I used a variety of tools to accomplish this. Grinder, die grinder, impact chisel with special forged chisels, reciprocating chisel, sawzall. (did not use my teeth like a beaver) It was a very, very dusty job and my whole shop is the color of that wood! I’m gonna have a hard time getting it clean again.
This after the 3rd full day. Still have a bit more to carve out and shape and then (Oh, boy!) lots of sanding, sanding and sanding. Please don’t envy me that particular job! Will be carving the stamens last, after all the sanding so they don’t get broken during the handling while sanding. A second garbage can was filled today!
This last picture is to give you a better idea of the size of this project. I find that doing something like this is very challenging but at the same time I am really enjoying doing this but do not enjoy all that dusty conditions. This does take some thought and really looking at the wood grains and visualizing the shape of a flower petal is just not so easy! I hope I am doing a fairly good job on this and would appreciate your thoughts on this!
-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL