Pocket Full of Posies Scroll Sawn Candle Tray

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-11-2013 09:59 AM 1947 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve once again fallen behind with adding my new projects to my gallery here on Lumberjocks. I had intended to add them every couple of days, but time has been slipping by so quickly, that it has been quite a while again.

In any case, there is no time like the present so I have decided to continue on.

This candle tray is made of 1/2 inch cherry. It is the type of design that one would probably think of when they hear the term “fretwork.” Initially, I had not planned to use overlays for this pattern. I had rather wanted a ribbon-like effect to resemble bows and ribbon. You can see this in the final picture.

However, with spring approaching, I thought it would be nice to offer some additional overlay pieces that would give the design some interest. I drew up some simple five petal flowers I call ‘posies’ and scattered them randomly on top of the piece. I thought it looked cool.

As you also can see, I decided to stain the piece too. While it looks nice in the natural cherry color, I like how it looks with the stain. Any color would do, but I made my sample with blue ribbon and white flowers.

As a final added touch, I placed a citron crystal rhinestone on the center of each of the flowers. The contrast of the silky wood and the tiny but brilliant shine of the flower centers look lovely in the soft glow of the candle light.

I hope you all like it.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 05-11-2013 10:20 AM

Very nice Sheila, the flowers build it up well
at first glance I thought it was carved.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 05-11-2013 11:45 AM

Beautiful design and it looks good in both the natural and painted versions.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-11-2013 12:20 PM

this is really quite nice, and when i saw the size of the flowers i sit here amazed that you can cut something so small and they look so good, it turned out beautiful sheila…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 05-11-2013 12:56 PM

Very nice Sheila.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 05-11-2013 03:27 PM

Fine work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 05-11-2013 04:57 PM

I like both versions of this Sheila. It’s on my list of summer projects!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#7 posted 05-11-2013 09:05 PM

Beautiful combination specially the painted one. The color contrast gives the details. The overlaying of the flowers gracefully complement the curves of the base. I can easily see the difference when it is yous because of the arrangement and likewise the fine cuts. Keep it going.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 05-11-2013 09:07 PM

Thank you all so much for your kind words. :) It really is a boost to read such supportive comments. I truly appreciate it.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 05-11-2013 09:30 PM

Great design and scroll work Sheila

-- Todd

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#10 posted 05-11-2013 10:46 PM

Beautiful ,beautiful work Sheila

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 05-12-2013 02:02 AM

Very wonderful bunch of posies and ribbons, it looks so simple and easy, if only it really was for us. Thank you
once again for sharing your talent with us.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 05-12-2013 02:50 AM


This is an especially nice spring touch! Just perfect for Mothers’ Day! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 05-12-2013 06:46 AM

You have this down to a fine art. Flawless work.

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

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#14 posted 05-12-2013 12:30 PM

That’s really beautiful Sheila. I like the 3-D effect/layers. Very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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