I’m thrilled with the way this carving project turned out. It was fun to do, but even more fun to figure out how to do it. I took my inspiration directly from nature and it shows. It’s a wild thing and I love it – the way the branches and shadows intermingle and the way the stacked layers give it a 3D look.
I have my wall hanger, dowel rod, and a plan. I’m all set to make my own spacers to mount both layers of the Seaweed Tree carving for max shadows. I discovered really fast just how hard it is to make wooden spacers from a dowel rod, and eventually ended up switching to plan B. Maybe this post will save you from the same trial and error, or maybe you can tell me a better way to do it. Or maybe misery loves company and you’ll tell me you’ve been down the same road too.
Figuring out how to hang this carving was half the fun of doing the project. But, I didn’t count on the plywood being this fragile. So, I had the joy of coming up with a modified solution, with a little help from my favorite framer.
Sanding such a delicate carving is tough. But I found two methods that made quick, yet safe work out of it.
The left tree of this 2 layer piece is complete. I used alder and it has some interesting characteristics and challenges to work with on the scroll saw.
It’s so good to be back at the scroll saw table! It’s been four years since I last strung a blade. And this was the perfect project to get me going again. Every cut made it start coming alive and finally looking like a tree.