“I think I have never seen a 'forge as lovely as a tree…”
Okay, maybe that’s not how the poem goes. Been a long time since I sat in Mr Klinger’s American Lit class.
My daughter is wrapping up her first year at Elon University in Elon NC. A prominent feature of the campus and integral part of the school’s culture is the oak tree. Every student is given an acorn upon entry and an oak seedling when they graduate. Lot of symbology and history surrounding the trees in town and around campus.
She’s coming back for the summer in a couple of weeks so I thought I’d make something to recognize her first year.
Here’s a little puzzle made from solid maple, cherry and walnut Proofgrade. I thought it might be a nice technique to swap leaf parts between the woods.
First cut out the design from the PG. Standard cut settings for the pieces and a mix of medium and light engraves.
I’ve also cut out rectangles of 30pt chipboard. I’ll be gluing the outer frame of the puzzle to the chipboard so the pieces don’t run loose. Two of these show the results of flashback from too much power on the cut but I got it dialed in and since it’ll be glued I figured I’d use them anyway.
After weeding here’s what they look like. Maple:
They’re okay but I want a little pop. Switching the frames around and dropping contrasting acorns creates a nice looking alternative to the monolithic nature of the single species version.
The walnut frame, cherry leaves and maple acorn is my favorite. The walnut leaves don’t quite show enough contrast between the wood and the engrave. I may try a maple veneer inlay if I find myself running out of projects
I am happy with how it’s turned out though and hope the girl appreciated what she’s accomplishing.