Redwood Headboard

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Project by Mick posted 01-15-2008 04:44 PM 3632 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a king size headboard made from a California Redwood slab that measure 4” thick x 34”H x 72” W. The posts are 6” x 6” x 60” Western Red Cedar. The slab is from California. Both edges are “live” (guess it was a small tree!). I hand carved the Tree of Life in the center and routed the surrounding rings. The intent was to create a feeling of looking at a reflection in a pond with ripples. I added the 2 stained glass dragonflies to look as if they’re flying just above the surface. The photos don’t show the effect too well but I still liked the piece. It was a wedding gift to my son and his wife. It was the first major piece that I ever made.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#1 posted 01-15-2008 05:15 PM

That is quite a slab of redwood. Looks very nice

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#2 posted 01-15-2008 05:25 PM

nice and bet it was fun to work with.

I always feel a certain sense of guilt when working with redwood?

Lovely bed!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 01-15-2008 05:26 PM

Nice. i like the simple carving.

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#4 posted 01-15-2008 06:00 PM

That is one nice chunck of wood!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 01-15-2008 06:02 PM

I understand the ‘guilt’ feeling. I found a dealer in California that only cuts from fallen trees or ones that the state has cut for road expansion in the park system. He also cuts reclaimed and old growth redwood as well as cedar, pine, etc.. It is pricey (the slab I used was $450!) but it is a pleasure to work with.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#6 posted 01-15-2008 06:16 PM

What wonderful gift. Great work!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 01-15-2008 06:28 PM

Beautiful, great piece.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 01-15-2008 06:29 PM

oh how wonderful. The design is awesome. well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-15-2008 08:03 PM

Wow, that’s awesome.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#10 posted 01-15-2008 10:36 PM

Beautiful piece of wood Mick. Nice job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 01-15-2008 10:46 PM

I really like the “ripples”. Very nice work.

-- Chelle

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#12 posted 01-16-2008 02:19 AM

I love everything about this headboard. The “ripples” are a very nice touch.

-- John

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#13 posted 01-16-2008 02:50 AM

A great “original” piece!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#14 posted 01-16-2008 05:58 AM

I love this. When you did the rings did you start at the outside (deeper rings)?

What is the finish?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#15 posted 01-16-2008 10:35 AM

Great looking bed and what a hunk of Redwood. I’ve worked with quite a bit of Old Growth Redwood and the one thing that I can say about it is that it is on the light (weight wise) side. A piece of Oak or Walnut that size would have required a group of people to move :-)). It looks great though – good job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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