Leaf Wall Hanging

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Project by Teresa K. Jenkins posted 03-27-2006 05:12 PM 4746 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nature is a constant source of inspiration for me. When I lived on the East Coast, the shapes, sizes, variety and colors of the multitude of trees amazed this girl from the West Coast. Fall became my favorite time of year and the motivation for this piece. I used Tiger maple, polyurethane, Watco and oil pastel for this project.

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#1 posted 03-28-2006 04:28 AM

I have followed your work since I saw it on women in woodworking. This one in particular is my favorite. Very nice! Does this have lots of different overlays, or is it one with all the leaves cut out?

-- Ellen --

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Teresa K. Jenkins

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#2 posted 03-29-2006 05:08 PM

Hi Ellen, thanks for your comment, very beautiful work by the answer you question..the piece has different overlays. All the leaves are from actual leaves I collected. I created a pattern of overlaying leaves to give the piece depth. There are five different levels within the piece.

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#3 posted 03-31-2006 02:49 PM

Like a farmer who has achieved a certain level of excellence, you Teresa, are outstanding in your field! Where can I see more of your work?

-- Stephen (A) Western North Carolina

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Martin Sojka

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#4 posted 04-24-2006 09:01 PM

Stephen, you can see more of Teresa’s wonderful work on her website (you can find the link in her profile) – it is great source of inspiration for the designers of any kind.

Teresa, I like the depth you achieved with overlaying leaves. And the colors of fall match well with the other materials.

Do you also have some spring project to share?

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#5 posted 05-24-2006 04:48 PM

I love your work, very natural, very beautiful!

-- Bill, Marin County California,

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 05-30-2006 02:28 PM

Having just heard about your work here, and looking at your website, I am fast becoming a fan of your creativity. I have noticed in several articles on Women doing woodworking, that some of the most unique, and creative pieces made, are done by women. You should be encouraged, you have an eye for design that most of us don’t have.

I am perplexed by something though, I can not get a good enough photo, close enough detail, to really tell what you are doing with the overlay leaf patterns. I am a big leaf fan, and just completed a multi-piece commission carving leaves and making hammered copper leaf handles. I like your leaf design a lot better than I like mine, but I can’t really tell enough about it from your photos. Do you have any other photos that you could post, or send me, that would show a closer detail, or some progress photos. I don’t want to give you the perception that I want to steal your idea, but I just can’t get it out of my head until I understand how you are doing it.

thanks for your patience with the slower ones of our community, me,
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Teresa K. Jenkins

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#7 posted 06-02-2006 07:32 PM

Hello Mark,

Thank you for your kind words regading my “leaves”..I was a mechanical engineer once also so I understand your “need to know” took several years and lots of planning to get the desired effect. It is very work intensive and requires a heck of a lot of patience. I have another piece showcasing the same technique with leaves on my website:
I can tell you that actual leaves were used for the pattern and it was all done by hand.
..A girl has to keep some things to herself…sometimes when the mystery is revealed, the magic is lost..remember when you found out about Santa? :-)

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Mark A. DeCou

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#8 posted 06-09-2006 01:14 AM

So, what are you saying, that there is no Santa?!
Ok, ok, I’ll quit asking, the leaves are beautiful, even if I’ll never know how they were done.
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#9 posted 04-19-2007 05:55 AM

I love leaves too, one of my paintings is full of leaves. I love this so much I can’t stop looking at it. After seeing this I think next fall I will scan some leaves and then paint them. This would look beautiful made into Giclee prints to sell and/or cards.

You have inspired me.


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#10 posted 07-22-2007 05:34 AM

Theresa, every photo in the gallery links to the same address:

I’d like to get a closer look at the pastel leaves and also the table with the horizontal panel. But today doesn’t look to be my day.

-- (pens & bowls, mostly)

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#11 posted 07-23-2007 10:06 PM

Wow…I”m glad this came back around. What a wonderful piece.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 10-26-2008 02:51 AM

I like it! Very creative & lots of color!!!!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 02-13-2010 08:15 AM

Fantastic carving.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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