Turning a New Leaf

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Project by socrbent posted 10-02-2018 02:07 AM 573 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was inspired by the Fall Lee Valley catalog cover with some beautiful leaf carvings by Armin Rodeck of Maple Bay BC. Choose cedar because it would be light, easy to carve the grain had the look I wanted. Cut some thin cedar scraps into isosceles triangle shapes so grain was parallel to a short side with opposite angle about 40 degrees. Glued them up with some Titebond colored black with some artist paint in a effort to simulate the leaf veins. No clamps just pressure for a short time on a teflon grill mat. If I make more I may use tinted epoxy in attempt to create wider veins. Used jig saw to cut the basic lobed shape, Then files, dremel, carving knives and lots of sanding. A coat of Watkins danish oil to bring out grain and 4 coats of rattle can lacquer. Stem is walnut attached with black tinted epoxy. Epoxied a pin from local hobby store on back so wife can wear this fall. My opinion is I made it with too many lobes. It is about 3” x 3” and very light.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 10-02-2018 02:34 AM

Very Nice Piece Of Work & Well Done!

-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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#2 posted 10-02-2018 03:42 AM

Very interesting project. Visually pleasing. Good use of materials.

I like it.

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

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#3 posted 10-02-2018 03:43 AM

Awesome work. Too many lobes You can sure tell it’s a leaf. Idonknow, if you had a good time, and weren’t cussin saying when is this thing gonna be done, it’s the exactly correct amount.

“No clamps just pressure for a short time on a teflon grill mat.”

No glue stick??

Thanks for the post.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 10-02-2018 03:57 AM

Very artistic and creative, it turned out beautifully .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 10-02-2018 08:05 AM

beautiful leaf you made,mate

-- bambi

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#6 posted 10-02-2018 11:42 AM

That is nice work

-- Petey

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#7 posted 10-02-2018 01:27 PM

Love it!!

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 10-02-2018 02:52 PM

Thanks for the complements!

SteveN – I thought the lack of clamping comment would interest those in the recent thread on clamping and gluing.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#9 posted 10-04-2018 04:44 AM

Wow! looks so natural…great choice and combination of wood grains.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 10-04-2018 01:59 PM

Thanks Ivan.

-- socrbent Ohio

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