One Tree Woodwork

Custom woodworking and art

Simpler, and with more laughter.

The plaque was made from a piece of pallet I took apart after eyeing it on one of our job sites.  It was rough and dirty and rough sawn but you could see the hint of figuring below. It reminded me of what was so enjoyable about milling trees out in the woods. You could study the tree and make hypothesis on what the figuring and grain pattern would be once you made your first slice. Paying special attention to the limbs,burls ,hollows,twist,stress or other oddities using them as clues Sherlock Holmes style.The first slice depending on the straightness of the log and the depth of cut, it should make it through the outer bark,inner bark,cambium and into the sapwood usually giving you the first glimpse a sliver of the heartwood. By the second slice the heartwood grows the sapwood begins to recede and you begin to start reading the story.Sometimes it was exactly as you guessed and sometimes it was bad news but sometimes rare times it was better then you could have imagined. Trees are Good.I was commissioned by my sister to make this for her boss

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3 comments on “Simpler, and with more laughter.

  1. Crystal Jackson
    February 27, 2014

    I’m happy to report that she loved it. One of a kind.

    Thanks again!

  2. TJC
    March 14, 2014

    That will be my slogan for my next life. Or maybe for tomorrow. I love you guys.


      March 14, 2014

      Yea, when I first heard it I liked it,but the longer I ruminated on it while carving the more it settled into my sub conscious. The deeper it crept the more I began to really understand it. I think sometimes its the overly simple things that we find the hardest to understand. Kids and dogs get it. Why can’t we…

      Later, T to the S to the J

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