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Project by Ellen posted 02-07-2014 09:50 PM 1583 views 12 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it’s that time of year that I create a “Work of Heart” for a Memphis Child Advocacy Charity. This year, I decided to make a maple leaf out of yellow heart. This is a donation and all proceeds from the sale go to the charity.

As usual, I start with an angle grinder and then progressively sand until I have sanded it to 1,000 grit. I put a 3 part finish on the leaf to make it really feel awesome to the touch. The actual size of the leaf is 19×21 x 2 inches deep. I then mount it with stand offs to a frame covered with black felt paper to give it the contrast that makes it awesome for someone to hang on their wall.

One of the photos shows a penny under it to show the scale. Tomorrow night is the event. Hope everyone loves it as much as I do and hope it makes good money for the charity.

One thing new this year, I airbrushed the red stain on the stem and around the outside of the leaf to make it more “fall-like”. This was new to me and I will definitely use this technique in the future. The non-grain raising stain worked beautifully. I had an airbrush and only this year realized that it would work off the compressor.

As always, love your feedback. And questions.

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 02-07-2014 10:03 PM

Beautiful work Ellen.

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#2 posted 02-07-2014 10:10 PM

Beautiful as always.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 02-07-2014 10:26 PM

Great work, reminds me of maple leafs formed of maple sugar, by the color.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 02-07-2014 10:29 PM

Beautiful as always Ellen!

-- Janice

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#5 posted 02-07-2014 10:38 PM

A love of love for a good cause – can’t beat that! Fantastic carving – good luck at the auction.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 10:41 PM


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#7 posted 02-07-2014 11:00 PM

Very attractive!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 02-07-2014 11:31 PM

This is a very fine work of Art Elllen, plus it was made for such a worthy cause. You and your work are always such a pleasure to see. Good to hear from you thanks for sharing this fine piece.

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#9 posted 02-07-2014 11:50 PM

Your work is drop dead gorgeous. I recently posted a suggestion on having something in the picture to provide a sense of scale. Thank you for having something in your picture, in your case the penny illustrates just how great your work really is, that is a very large piece.
I wish you the best of luck in your worthwhile endeavor, It would be great if you could post an update to tell us how well you did.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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#10 posted 02-08-2014 12:27 AM

Stunning work Ellen…This is a beautiful piece as all of yours are. Someday I hope to see one in person. Memphis Child Advocacy Charity is so fortunate to have you as a donor.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#11 posted 02-08-2014 12:54 AM

very beautiful work!!!

-- Smitty!!!

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#12 posted 02-08-2014 12:55 AM

Beautifully done! It’s great to see a fellow West Tennessee, who is such a fine woodworker/artist, with such an extremely high level of accomplishment. Beautiful work!.... Hope I get to see more of it in person sometime.

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#13 posted 02-08-2014 01:02 AM

Those are incredible Ellen. You have a very artistic heart. :)

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

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#14 posted 02-08-2014 01:06 AM

Beautiful….Any time you post your work i know were in for a real treat, and this has not left me wanting, you have done it again and i thank you for sharing your work…it inspires me to try my hand at carving..

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

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#15 posted 02-08-2014 01:18 AM

I love it, very nicely done.

-- You can't buy salvation, it's a free gift from God.

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