Monday, December 9, 2013

From Tree to Lantern

Wildwood's winter hobby is woodworking.  This December, we're tackling a lantern project.

The starting point is a forty eight inch wide by thirty inch redwood slab.  This piece of redwood is a 'scrap' piece from a large milling operation on Lawndale Road in Kenwood, CA. Scrap is in quotes because while it is too small to use for conventional lumber it is really a beautiful piece of wood.  The grain is very narrow and the tones throughout the wood are luminescent.

We used a chainsaw to cut the slab into manageable pieces.   The top 'hood', side slats, and base will slowly take shape using a combination of power tools and hand saws.  

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