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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-02-2012 12:31 AM 1242 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This work was done as a Holiday gift for my Father.

Four of five months ago my Dad harvested a HUGE Oriental Cherry Tree and did a massive amount of labor using his chainsaw to slab out “smaller” chunks of the tree just so I would have something to do my scrollwork on.

This was the first piece I removed from the tree, ran through my bandsaw and dried over the summer.

My Mother emailed a drawing that my Dad loved and wondered if I could create a pattern from it. After a few hours of tinkering I was able to start cutting.

The grain is staggering in its beauty and was hard as a rock – perfect for scrolling!

This work measures approx 16×11 inches and is around 1/4” thick.

Now for the extremely sad news – My father passed away suddenly on the 12th of last month. He never got to see this present I made for him. I have saved a special place on the wall of my office for it. My mother is keeping the drawing. I think this is what he would have wanted.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com





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scrollingmom

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 12:43 AM

Beautiful job and wood.
Sorry to hear about your dad.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 01:02 AM

That is gorgeous and a very sad story. Very sorry for your lost. But any dad would love this! I can’t imagine trying to scroll this. It’s beautiful!

-- Janice

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 01:03 AM

Very nice. I love the color.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 01:35 AM

Beautiful work, as usual.
My father is in his seventies and fought health problems the last couple of years. He being healthy and alive were thoughts of mine when I first started planning the “Buddy” piece you helped me with. It would have been really tough for me to do had he passed away. Don’t know if I could have done it.
Sorry to hear about you fathers passing.

-- " 'woodworker'.....it's a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 02:39 AM

Absolutely wonderful project , Bob !
I am certain that your Dad would have loved to see his favorite drawing brought to life by your skills : )
God bless you and yours for the loss of your Dad.
This is also my first holiday season without my Dad.
May the new year bring you Peace and Happiness : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 02:58 AM

Oh Bob, I am so sorry.
What you have done here is a very fine honor. And to know that he helped in harvesting the wood, along with the picture selection is so special. A very touching tribute.

A truly wonderful job,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 04:26 AM

Nice pattern and touching story…sorry for your loss and I recently think about the timing of projects and the urgency to complete them. I’m sure your terrific piece will bring back warm memories of the shared experience of that piece of wood with your Dad.

I’m in a similar situation in that my Dad is 83 years old and has recently given me all of his woodworking equipment as he is about to move out of his house and into a senior community. I want to honor him and show my appreciation by making most of my upcoming projects for him and my Mom. I also had a special piece of cherry he gave to me and highlighted that project in the below thread.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/54941

You never know what tomorrow may bring so I don’t procrastinate with projects meant for my parents.

It’s nice to see other local woodworkers! I’m also a fellow central MD LJer, are you going to the show next week in Timonium?

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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rance

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 04:58 AM

Bob, so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I’m sure he would have loved it. As always, you’ve done a great job.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 06:08 AM

Great scroll work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 01-02-2012 06:50 AM

Bob, how do I mix wonder at your work with sadness? Your devotion to your craft and your father shows through. Peace.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#11 posted 01-02-2012 04:13 PM

so sorry for your loss. really fine detail in this piece

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#12 posted 01-03-2012 01:52 PM

Beautiful work Bob. Your Dad would be proud.

flint

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 01-08-2012 02:00 AM

Love this one, amazing work, great wood choice.
Sorry for your loss my friend
Pedro

-- Pabreu, Portugal, Sintra, http://pabreuwoodworking.blogspot.com

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