"Cherry Blossoms in a Spring Breeze"

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 02-27-2009 09:41 PM 2382 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Red Morrell Aussie burl was not very thick, and so I knew I was going to have to add depth somehow in the design. I had been doing stone inlay in other, less expensive blanks. I decided to take a deep breath and start carving, adding a rim groove on the lathe and then the tree itself. I decided to make the roots flow through the rim. The flowers are very small, and each has five petals and has a black center, about the size of a pin-head. (Lots of tweezer time!) The minerals I used include flourite in the rim (over a gilded base), a mix of aragonite, selenite, anthracite, bitoite, and limonite for the tree, and calcite for the flowers. Finished in a tung-oil wiping varnish, waxed and buffed. It sold immediately!

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#1 posted 02-27-2009 09:52 PM

John, this is a stunning piece. I can well understand why it sold. I cannot imagine the combination of talent, artistry and simply patience that was necessary to produce a piece of this quality.

Thanks for sharing this project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-27-2009 10:21 PM


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

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#3 posted 02-27-2009 10:39 PM

Can’t think of a good enough word. Well, BEAUTIFUL!, will have to do.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 02-27-2009 10:40 PM

Wow again. I really like this technique. Maybe you could do a blog going through the steps you used to reach the end product? Thanks for sharing.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#5 posted 02-27-2009 10:48 PM

This is truly a georgeous piece. I’m not surprised it sold immediately. I imagine it is gratifying to sell this fast, but you must have been a little sad to see it go.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#6 posted 02-27-2009 10:54 PM

Incredible! I can’t imagine the patience and steady-handiness required.

Beautiful piece.

-- Kate,

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#7 posted 02-28-2009 01:13 AM

Wow what talent.
In a word Awesome.

-- R

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#8 posted 02-28-2009 01:43 AM

Beautiful work! I really like the tree.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#9 posted 02-28-2009 04:30 AM

WOW, that just does not say enough.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#10 posted 02-28-2009 06:13 AM

Gorgeous piece, thanks for sharing. I would like to learn more about your techniques.

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

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#11 posted 02-28-2009 07:15 AM

Just stunning! I really want to start adding crushed stone to my turnings.

-- David, Florida

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#12 posted 02-28-2009 08:24 AM

This piece is beyond words!! Guess that is why they say a picture is worth a thousand words. It would take several thousand to do this justice!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 02-28-2009 08:52 AM

Cleaver combo…Very eye catching balance between the sharp edged form of your etching and the dynamics of the Aussi burls natural curvalinear shapes .. Excelllent.

-- Dave, North Dakota,

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#14 posted 02-28-2009 10:01 AM

Wow that sure is some busy grain huh? Absolutely beautiful. I see one pic shows the inlay material “piled” up as if glued…what next? Sand it flush? Maybe we can get you to blog and teach us your skill. Definitely would be worth reading. And then definitely worth trying too!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#15 posted 02-28-2009 11:45 PM

That is a stunning piece. I love the wood. Thanks for showing a little about the technique too.

-- Martin, Kansas

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