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07-19-2012 07:31 AM

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I’ve been asked to come up with an item

for the hospice. It is to be a place where

folk can leave something in memory.

I’ve an idea for a Willow Tree growing out

of a Yew stump. Then having leaves that could

be hung onto the branches with pyrography on them

to put the name/message on.

My questions are;

Has anyone done this before?

Any ideas for the leaves or tips?


-- 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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#1 posted 07-19-2012 07:44 AM

Sounds like a good idea Jamie.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 08:15 AM

That sounds like a really fun project. I’m too dead tired to come up with any ideas at the moment, but I think some more info to go by would help get ideas, such as how large it would be, how permanent… Also maybe you could do a quick sketch and post it, if you can scan it.

I built a tree of chicken wire and paper machete for a school play once. Alice in Wonderland, and the tree had a platform where Cheshire Cat could sit. I build the frame of construction lumber and wrapped it with chicken wire. the kids covered it with the paper machete and painted it. The school ended up leaving it, and the giant plaster of paris tea cup, on the stage for several months.

But anyway, since this is a woodworking forum I assume you want to build it of wood. This should be an interesting project. Have fun! :)

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#3 posted 07-19-2012 02:25 PM

I made a clock with a maple leaf on the end of the pendulum out of 1/4” thick Maple.

This isn’t a Willow, but a possible idea.

Good Luck

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 02:48 PM

Weeping willow, I get it. The tree is beautiful and the weeping is significant. The leaf is very narrow. It is part of a multiple leaf with many small units comprising the entire leaf. It would be hard to enter much in the way of message on such a narrow leaf. Is there another leaf that would have meaning … I am reaching here, but … an elm leaf is more able to be used for text message because of its shape and significant because of … the grain that is so interwoven as not to split apart … like in not having a memory separate from a family or group of friends …? There must be better suggestions for a leaf than that. Quaking Aspen? Heart Tree?

In any case, you are good to help. More power to you.

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#5 posted 07-19-2012 04:19 PM

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#6 posted 07-20-2012 08:45 AM


Thanks for the replies & ideas.

The Reverend from the Hospice came for

a visit yesterday. Very nice chap he has it

together. I wasn’t sure what to expect. :)

The project has become more interesting

There is a wall to be done same theme &

he has just finished a Labyrinth, a big one.

I’ve been asked to visit to see what is all

The reason for the projects is that they are

adding a family unit.They want it to become

Part of the community.

Wonderful people

I’ll update what they choose.

Many thanks


-- 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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