Carved Rose Plaque for my wife

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Project by Tom "BUG" Janos posted 977 days ago 1638 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my wife’s Christmas gift this year. It is 100% wood. The roses, leaves and stems are carved out of Basswood, The base is Oak with no stain only Clear High Gloss Poly. The leaf stems are actually toothpicks that I heat and bend just because they tend to be stronger then Basswood is when you carve it that thin (like my other roses). All the leaf stems and the edge of the petals are soaked in real thin superglue to help make them stronger. I have no idea of the hours it took me so don’t ask. I know it took forever as I started it in September and my wife kept coming down stairs to my shop while I was working on it and I would have to hide it and pretend to be working on something else. It took me 3 days to assemble, paint it, and mount it onto the base.
This will be a one of a kind as I will not do another one with 3 roses because I want it to be special to her. I will however do them with any other number of roses upon request.

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Update 08/26/2012:
I found out yesterday when I was working the woodcarving booth at the Minnesota State Fair, for one of my carving clubs, that these roses took 4th Place in the Misc Category and my latest cane took 3rd place in the Canes and Walking Sticks Category.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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#1 posted 977 days ago

Beautiful work! I’m sure she loves it…. Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 977 days ago

Multiple “woah”s from the crowd here, fantastic, looks real

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 977 days ago

WOW! That’s freakin’ awesome! Absolutely beautiful!

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#4 posted 977 days ago

Beautiful !!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 977 days ago

Very lovely subject and excellent craftsmanship! I’m sure your wife was thrilled to receive it. Are the petals carved individually and assembled, or did you use the 4 piece process? I ‘assume’ these were power carved into endgrain wood?


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 976 days ago

now thats carving….excellent job great finale

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#7 posted 976 days ago

Wonderful carving Tom.

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#8 posted 976 days ago


If you wanted it to look exactly like roses it would have been much simpler to just dry some roses! LOL They are simply gorgeous! We’re certain she was delighted. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 976 days ago

Fantastic work, that’s an amazing project.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 976 days ago

Great job! That is very realistic.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 976 days ago

That is a beautiful carving. It looks so realistic.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 976 days ago

That looks EXTREMELY special. Not something you’re about to see everyday. Fantastic!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#13 posted 974 days ago

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.
Northwest29…. Each rose is carved from a single block of basswood (see the photos I just attached of the first rose I ever carved, before it was painted). The main stems are all separate pieces of basswood, the leaf stems are toothpicks heated and bent, the leafs are all separate pieces of basswood. Your correct they are all power carved because it is easier to get it really thin without braking them more then I do.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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#14 posted 973 days ago

Tom I should have had you to make a dozen roses for my rose box.

-- Patrick Craven (BCWoodworking of NC)

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#15 posted 973 days ago

wozza… ummmmm sigh… wishes I could do that type stuff…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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