Carved Flower Frame

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Use simple techniques to create an heirloom for Mom.

She’s your mother. She gave you life, nurtured you, loves you, and puts up with your occasional nonsense. For this Mother’s Day, instead of getting her a bouquet of short-lived flowers, consider presenting her with this heirloom picture frame of carved wooden flowers from your own heart and hands. It’s easy to build, and it is carved with just a V-tool, a few gouges, and a knife. If you don’t already have carving tools, you’ll find the V-tool and gouges that you need in the six-piece set of Flexcut tools that I used. The knife is additional. (See the Convenience-Plus Buying Guide on page 60.)

This frame is made from cherry, a great carving wood. It’s sized to display the latest 8 × 10 photo of the kids or grandkids, but you can adjust the dimensions to suit any picture. Carve the two daffodils and two dogwood flowers as shown, or any variation you like. You’ll find the full-sized patterns on page 74.

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