A Wood Rose

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Okay, something a little different now.

There are lots of people who make wooden flowers. However, most of them are, at least in my mind, rather primitive, often picking easier blooms as a design and then using softwoods and paints to yield the result. I’m not criticizing them, just noting the way they’re typically produced.

When I first decided to do a flower, I took a much different approach. This rose was made petal by petal, starting with the two small curls in the center and working outward. The petals are satine (bloodwood) and the stem and leaves are vera. No colorant has been added…that’s the natural wood, with only a light coat of lacquer on the petals. The vera was left unfinished and it will continue to become “greener” as it ages in the open air.

I’ve been tempted to do other blooms, and I really have my eyes on a bird of paradise, but the time just hasn’t been right to attack this idea again. Maybe some day.


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#1 posted 09-29-2010 08:35 AM

This is beyond description! My words do not give justice to this so I’ll leave it at that!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 08:56 AM

WOW! that is one great rose. Great work!

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 09:04 AM

Very nice. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 10:19 AM

Great job, not even sure how you would pull something like this off.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 01:15 PM

I can see you put some thought into those petal. They have the correct shape and size for each row. Very nicely done.

-- Have a great day.

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 01:41 PM

Exquisite. I had a sharp intake of breath when I saw this. That happens very rarely.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 01:52 PM

Simply beautiful….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 01:54 PM

I must say well done that is got to be the most beautiful wooden flower I have seen. Where do you find wood like the bloodwood and all these other wonderful tips of wood? It seams all I can find is pine, oak, ceder, and poplar.

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#9 posted 09-29-2010 01:59 PM

Wow that is absolutely beautiful. I’d love to see the process if you are up for sharing it :) Are they carved petals? Bent?

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#10 posted 09-29-2010 02:09 PM

Just perfect! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 09-29-2010 02:36 PM

That’s just incredible. The shape of each layer of petals is perfectly proportioned.

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

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#12 posted 09-29-2010 03:01 PM

Amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#13 posted 09-29-2010 03:05 PM

Very Beautiful.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#14 posted 09-29-2010 03:06 PM


-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#15 posted 09-29-2010 03:38 PM

Beautiful! I named my children – - – Katie Rose, Patti Rose and my boy – - – you guessed it: PETE ROSE!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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