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This is the design that started my company. It is part of the Creative Wood Design logo. The original 3D model was created form a picture I took in East Texas of a Dogwood blossom and was produced for use as a necklace pendant in my line of jewelry. It has been reduced for use in earrings and enlarged and modified for carving this wall cross. This is a two sided carving and on the backside it is carved around the edge to produce a shdow around it when hung on the wall. This one was cut from Aspen for the white color. I have sold two of these to people that were buying them as presents for friends that are blind. The first woman that bought one said "She will be able to see this with her hands". That made me feel good.
â€‹When I moved to Colorado, I became aware of the many different trees that I had no idea what they were. Can there be that much difference in trees between Ohio and Colorado? Then I learned that most of the trees here in my area are not native and were planted by home/ranch owners. One day my daughter asked me what kind of tree was in her back yard. I looked and it really threw me, never, ever seen anything like it. Very different, as you can see from the picture. I asked, I researched and found out it is a variety of Aspen, a tree native to Colorado. I also found out something really amazing. The Aspen is the largest living organism in the world!! How can that be? Aspen tree roots join and form one organism and can cover vast areas. A dry area of trees can be nourished by a wet area quite a distance away. That amazed me. There seem to be different varieties, not all trees have the pattern in the picture. So why haven't we used this wood in wood working? It is a light pithy wood and some call it junk wood because it has no good use, not even firewood. I don't call it junk, I call it one of natures great things.