Natural Branch Ornaments

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Project by luv2learn posted 12-19-2015 05:53 PM 899 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the last few years I have been making Christmas ornaments to give my brothers, sister, and friends. This year I was inspired by a YouTube video showing a guy making ornaments from tree branches. The branches I used were from one of our Lodge Pole Pine trees that blew down in a recent wind storm. The diameter ranges from 3 to 3.5 inches. I cut them on a 45 degree bias. They range from a 1/4” to 3/8” thickness. The patterns are a modification from a Steve Goode ornament design. I cut the designs with the wood fairly green and then soaked the finished product in Danish oil and hung them to dry for a few days.

Thanks for looking. It feels great to get some time in the shop again!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 12-19-2015 06:29 PM

Those are great. How do you keep them from “cupping” and or splitting? I have cut slices off of some trees I cut down hoping to get some natural edge pieces to scroll on. They all either split real bad or cupped beyond use.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 12-19-2015 06:30 PM

Those are real neat ornaments, Lee!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-19-2015 06:43 PM

Very nice Lee!
Like Paul above I had the same problem. My slices looked more like Cap Cod potato chips than slabs of wood. I like how the hard and soft rings look on the animals and cloud.
Thanks for sharing!
Merry Christmas!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 12-19-2015 06:44 PM

Very cool. That’s one way I never thought of treating a branch. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 12-19-2015 06:54 PM

Very nicely done

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#6 posted 12-19-2015 08:24 PM

Outstanding! Those are great looking and very nicely crafted. Merry Christmas.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 12-19-2015 11:09 PM

Definitely a creative idea. I would also ask about checking and splitting as they dry? merry Christmas Santa! Ho HO HO

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 12-20-2015 01:14 AM

Wow….just wow. That’s some cool stuff right there. Well done Dave..,merry Christmas buddy

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#9 posted 12-20-2015 02:01 AM

Those are some cool looking ornaments. Never seen them done that way before.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 12-20-2015 04:20 AM

Hey Lee, you been playing with your scroll saw again? Those are very nice ornaments.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 12-20-2015 05:07 AM

Wow! Super job. These are a different breed from what we usually see around here. Nice work Lee.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 12-20-2015 05:17 AM

Nice ornaments. They will be some fine gift for someone.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 12-20-2015 05:46 AM

PaulDoug, Tony, and Tom, I don’t know what the outcome might be once they completely dry. I soaked them in Danish Oil just to see if that would retard some of the checking and cupping. Also, I am hoping that most of the stress is gone due to eliminating so much material, we will see!!

Jim, Tyveckboy, Redoak49, thanks for the kind words.

Thanks John you are always an encouragement.

Buster, Bruce, it is nice to have some shop time again. Thanks for the kind words!!

Larry, I had to tear my scroll saw down and repair it before I could finish these :-(

Dave, I thought this was an unusual approach to making ornaments.

Ivan, I think these were a hit with friends and family.


-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 12-20-2015 12:49 PM

Those are great. I have been wanting to try it and have a couple of nice branches that are dry but my bandsaw is down for now.

-- Kepy

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#15 posted 12-20-2015 02:00 PM

These are nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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