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Juniper Wall Hanging--A Mothers Love

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Project by junipercanyon posted 07-01-2011 08:25 PM 1356 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For mothers day this year I made my mom this juniper wall hanging with turquoise inlays. I originally was planning this to be a wood burning project with some sappy “I love you mom poem” on it, but as I sanded this piece down though, the image of a woman with flowing hair, and what I saw as a womb full of life presented itself to my imagination. My mom is a midwife, so the image of a pregnant woman touches something in her heart. She has given life to 6 children of her own, so I represented us with 6 inlayed turquoise “souls” around what I saw as the “womb”. She has also raised 7 foster kids over the last 5 years, (currently adopting 3 of them) and one step-daughter, and I chose to represent them through the 8 turquoise inlays in what I saw as her hair falling over her shoulders. This turned out to be a very special piece for both of us. I finished this with 5 coats of Minwax Tung oil wet sanded with 600grit.

-- Juniper Canyon Design





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#1 posted 07-01-2011 09:59 PM

Very special! Gotta love that juniper – it gives so many designs in the heart of the wood. Beautiful imagery, beautiful mix of juniper and turquoise. Most important of all—beautiful interpretation. Thanks for sharing.

TZH

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#2 posted 07-02-2011 06:19 AM

So very Special, Jason. So are you.

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#3 posted 07-02-2011 06:03 PM

Great looking juniper and a wonderful woodworker giving a perfect gift to the mother who started it all.
Without know either of you, I am sure that the love expressed in this gift will continue to grow and give
to all who come in touch with it. Thank you for sharing this love and gift with us.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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