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Project by tyskkvinna posted 737 days ago 3863 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Realised that I never shared this one. It is one of my favourites. The tree is simple v-carving into a piece of reclaimed wood.. used to be a bleacher in the swimming pool room at work. That definitely lent to some of the colouration in the wood.

After planing it, I covered the surface with some shellac and then carved it. This let me watercolour on it and keep the seeping to a minimum. Sanded it to 600 grit and then gave it almost a dozen coats of shellac, sanding to 800 in-between. After it was all said and done, a couple of coats of lacquer and there we have it.

About 9 inches wide.

I did a couple of variations on this, but this is by far my favourite. I like the colour scheme, and I really like it with this wood.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 737 days ago

Very nice Lis.

It has kind of a Scandinavian flavor to it. Love the color choices.

Are you able to draw those kind of free-flowing curls in CAD, or do you draw it on paper and import it? Which ever, it does look nice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 737 days ago

I generally do things in Illustrator and then export them as a CAD file.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 737 days ago

Looks nice. Amazing how well some simple things turn out.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 737 days ago

Oh, I like it too, Lis. It reminds of a sunny day, sitting under a tree and dreaming. I think that is because of the curly-que branches and roots. What a great mix of skills you have!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#5 posted 737 days ago

Very very nice work. You always do such tasteful work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 737 days ago

Another great carving. Very nice

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#7 posted 737 days ago

I really like it but I really think it would look stunning inset as a panel in something bigger. What comes to mind first is a small cabinet with 4 panels with a different tree for each season.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#8 posted 737 days ago

oooooooooo. I like that idea!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#9 posted 737 days ago

Oh yesssss Lis… I likes this one a lot. I’m a “tree” guy I’ll call myself. Always have liked em

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 737 days ago

Very pretty carving. I think it would look good in a framed area , too.
It is sure a nice end for the bleachers!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 737 days ago

Beautiful job. A really great piece.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#12 posted 737 days ago

Wonderful carving. Your tree design is excellent.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 737 days ago

I am definitely a “tree” gal… they are my favourite subject in photos and my favourite thing to draw. Makes sense to take it over to woodworking.. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#14 posted 737 days ago


-- Looking for a good quality Drill Press and a Cabinet Saw for cheap!

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#15 posted 737 days ago

Great carving Lis. Putting it in favorites. Thanks for sharing it.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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