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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 04:41 PM

Once I tried scrolling cedar to make those layered baskets that look like woven ones. The scroll work wasn’t very intricate, with nothing being under about 3/8” in thickness and usually closer to 1/2”. However, the cedar was so dry and brittle if you looked at it wrong, it broke. It was extremely disheartening and frustrating.I think that cedar in itself is just not that dense and quite fragile. Using it for lining boxes may be the best best. I would keep it as thick as aesthetically possible to minimize breaking. I will also be interested in seeing suggestions to ‘sturdy it up’.

I wish you well in your venture!


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