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Project by grovemadman posted 03-06-2008 02:00 AM 1828 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK so it’s not wood. It is glass: cut, fused, slumped and firepolished. The stars were cut on a waterjet and the rest by hand. Please don’t ask how I did it because you would just get confused. I will say it is no walk in the park. It has a base I made out of Granite, but I am thinking of making a wood base for it. I’m taking suggestions on the type of wood I should use. It should be a heavy wood but one that symbolizes America. White oak was the first thing that came to my mind, what do you think.

-- --Chuck

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Tim Pursell

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#1 posted 03-06-2008 02:36 AM

White oak is my wood of choice—for my work. Your flag is so striking, the Oak may be too bold. I think cherry would be better, and as all American as oak.

just my .02


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#2 posted 03-06-2008 03:33 AM

That flag is amazing.

I think any wood you use will look great next to that art.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#3 posted 03-06-2008 03:40 AM

Nice job Grove, that is really neat.

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#4 posted 03-06-2008 03:45 AM

Quartersawn Oak with the flaking would look appropriate.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 03-06-2008 04:33 AM

The US does not have an official tree, California’s is the Giant Sequoa, but I tend to agee with White Oak. Black Walnut would be nice as well. You could get absoulutely crazy and laminate wood from all the official state trees – just kidding.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 03-06-2008 04:42 AM

White oak. The same wood that is used to build most of the USS Constitution. The oldest comissioned
warship in the world still floating.

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

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#7 posted 03-06-2008 04:43 AM


This is a very interesting project. I like it. Actually what about chestnut? If anything should be an official tree Chestnut should be. But QSWO would be fine as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 03-06-2008 06:07 AM

Okay, I don’t understand and I won’t ask how you made it. :-) But I like it!

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

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#9 posted 03-06-2008 07:51 AM

Thanks guys, according to wikipedia the Oak is the national tree. I agree with trifern since this hasn’t officially been recognized. And the Idea of making and using abox which incorporates every one of the 50 states trees would be Bitchen. It would also be a complicated glue up! Pine and Oak of various species are the most dominant omong the list. Gary makes a good point too!

-- --Chuck

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#10 posted 03-06-2008 11:56 AM

I think that a dark highly polished base such as black walnut would be best.

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#11 posted 03-06-2008 07:57 PM

I also make ‘em in a baby size, complete with a wood base.

-- --Chuck

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#12 posted 03-12-2008 08:18 PM

I think I’d lean toward something darker, too, like trifern suggested. It would make the flag “pop” better, I think.

-- Robb

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#13 posted 03-17-2008 10:58 AM

Very clever – looks great and is certainly patriotic.

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

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#14 posted 04-02-2008 05:27 AM


“I also make ‘em in a baby size, complete with a wood base.

How much ? Can I buy one?

I’d go with cherry for the base
Mason Locke Weems (October 11, 1756 – May 23, 1825), generally known as Parson Weems, was an American printer and author known as the source of some of the best-known stories about George Washington, “the Father of his Country,” including the famous tale of the cherry tree. (“I cannot tell a lie, I did it with my little hatchet.”) The Life of Washington (1800), Weems’ most famous work, contained the story.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#15 posted 04-02-2008 01:25 PM

Beautiful flag. Please post pictures it when it is joined to the wood.

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