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Our UU church designed a new logo this year, and I decided to render it in wood. I’d envisioned this as a “free-standing” sculpture to be mounted without a backer board against the front of the pulpit. After the fog cleared, I realized that the walnut was the same tone as the pulpit’s front, and the lack of contrast was a problem.

Anyway, here’s the first go-round. The main body is walnut. The intersecting “crossroads” are red oak. The flames are (bottom to top) yellowheart, cherry (2) and padauk. Finish is danish oil – no stain on any of it. The flames are joined with 1/4” wide .100” thick brass bar set mortised into the backs. As shown here, it’s just resting on top of a slate tile (a coffee table I built last winter – will have to post photos of that project sometime). Size is about 10” tall and about 6” wide.

Since this was taken, I’ve added an oval background to it, from bookmatched slices of bird’s-eye maple. Will add a photo or two of the finished installation as we put it in place just today.

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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#1 posted 03-29-2013 03:43 AM

Beautiful! UU church??? United Uniterian?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 03-29-2013 03:53 AM

Russell, thank you. It’s for Second Unitarian (Unitarian Universalist) of Omaha.

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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#3 posted 03-29-2013 05:05 AM

Very cool

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#4 posted 03-29-2013 07:11 AM

Nice design

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#5 posted 03-29-2013 08:04 AM

Nice work looks really cool

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 03-30-2013 02:32 AM

Thank you, Jim, Deon, and Ken. I aspire to doing some actual intarsia work someday. So many things to learn!

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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