A knot Welcome Plaque

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Project by Danette Smith posted 01-30-2009 05:56 PM 1863 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received a commission to make a Welcome Plaque of Roses. So I went out to my craft store and purchased a Basswood Round with edge bark. The piece was wrapped in cellophane with a large description sticker on the front and it’s size was 11.5” x 12.5”. I checked out the back and it was nice and clean…no knots or other unsavory marks. I bought it and took it home.

When I got home I removed the cellophane and found a large knot on the front. Not a welcome sight for my Welcome Plaque!! The description sticker hid the knot. Now, some of you maybe thinking, why not use the backside since it was clear? Well, I couldn’t do that because of the way it was cut…the wood edging only shows on one side.

I began to transfer the circle of roses onto the wood and planned on adding a rose bud in the place where the knot was. It looks like I would be able to cover it with my wood burning.

I started burning the flowers and leaves and it was starting to cover up that knot. When I was done burning I began coloring it with my oil pencils. Using this medium also helped cover the knot. I was very happy with the results and if you never knew a knot was there in the wood, you’d never have found it. All it took was a little artistic imagery and now it truly was a Welcome Plaque.

Thanks for looking.

-- Danette Smiths Pyrography and Easels -

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#1 posted 01-30-2009 06:09 PM

Very nice… and a great fix!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 01-30-2009 07:57 PM

Wow! Really nice.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-30-2009 08:09 PM

that must have been so frustrating!
Love the “knot welcome” title.
Great job with your artistry and creative masking of the knot.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 01-30-2009 08:28 PM

Super Looking Project!

The knot blends in perfectly!

Good Luck in the contest.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 01-30-2009 09:06 PM


-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 01-31-2009 12:51 AM

nice job of hiding the knot dannie. good job

-- pat,ohio...

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#7 posted 01-31-2009 07:15 AM

I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to make comments on my “knot entry”. This is a wonderful group and I love sharing my art here. Thanks again! Danette

-- Danette Smiths Pyrography and Easels -

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