Cedar and Resin Tree of life

Have some land with 15 Acres of Western Red Cedar, and I have a Glowforge. It seemed the appropriate thing to do.

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Cut them all down and turn into art??

JUST KIDDING!

Nice work… :smiley: Is that paint or some other infill?

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Need to cut some down so the Oaks can grow. It is resin, I etched it to a depth of about 4mm and then just sanded it down to 1000 grit.

Making things feels better than just burning it.

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Nice artwork!
Welcome to the community :sunglasses:

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Is the dark inner core natural? What causes that?

Some people would pay good money for blanks of material like that, although I know processing at-home could be time consuming if you’re not “in the business”…

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Welcome. Nice combination of materials.

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The inner core is naturally red, you can see it in the variation of the wood chips it is sitting on. On the plus side the it smells like a cedar closet after putting a chainsaw to it. As it dries out it goes more brownish. The neutral stain brings it right back out.

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Interesting. I wonder why it does that…

It’s the heartwood (the white is sapwood), which contains several thujaplicatin methyl ethers that provide the scent and anti-fungal properties that make Western Red Cedar so valued as a building material.

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Wow. (People like you make me realize that I really need more artistic skills.)

Welcome nice start.

How nice to use your own material!

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