Wooden Flowers to Keep the Critters Away

Wooden Flowers

Jon Slaton’s wooden tulips Pin on Pinterest

What do you do when the critters outside eat your flowers? If you ask Jon Slaton, he will tell you that the best thing to do is to make some wooden flowers and stick them in your pots. Jon, who lives in the Ozark mountains in Missouri, wrote to me after reading the story on the frame saws that my students had built. He wanted to share with me one of his brother’s (Deke Slaton) achievements — a great looking frame saw in the shape of two hands holding the saw blade in between (see pictures at the bottom of this entry).

Jon also mentioned his own wooden creations — wooden flowers that spring back and forth as the wind blows. He builds the flowers from scrap wood and connects their parts using notch joinery reinforced with adhesive. Jon uses spring stock that he cuts from a metal bending strip, such as the one that is wrapped around shipping crates and pallets, to allow the flower to swing. But you can also use the stainless steel springs that reinforce a car’s wiper blades. It is easy to remove and cut those springs to length. To connect the spring stock to the flower Jon makes a saw kerf with his frame saw in the wooden parts. If you decide to use the stainless steel wiper blade stock you can substitute the kerf with holes that you drill in the corresponding parts. See my exploded view drawing and Jon’s pictures bellow. 

What a clever design and what a great project for all ages.

wooden tulip exploded view

Wooden tulip exploded view

Wooden tulips, patterns

Wooden tulips, patterns

Wooden tulips, patterns

Wooden tulips, patterns

Wooden tulips, patterns

Wooden tulips, patterns

Wooden tulips, patterns

Wooden tulips, patterns

Wooden tulips, patterns

Wooden tulips, patterns

Wooden flowers

Wooden flowers

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Windshield wipers stainless steel spring strip.

Windshield wiper blade’s stainless steel spring strip.

Deke Slaton Bandsaw

Deke Slaton frame saw

Deke Slaton Bandsaw detail

Deke Slaton frame saw detail

Deke Slaton Bandsaw detail

Deke Slaton frame saw detail

Deke Slaton Bandsaw , key detail

Deke Slaton frame saw, key detail

 — Yoav Liberman


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About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.

3 thoughts on “Wooden Flowers to Keep the Critters Away

  1. Shawn Nichols

    Yoav, thanks for this – I think it’s a perfect project to work on with the kids. One question: where is the stainless steel spring located on a wiper blade? It’s not clear from the picture of the description (at least to me)?

    Many thanks,
    Shawn

    1. Yoav LibermanYoav Liberman Post author

      Hi Shawn,
      The to 18″ or longer strips/spring support the rubber blade on the right and left side all along its length. If you look at the black blade you will notice a silvery line close to the bottom of the blade. After replacing your old wiper with new one try to pull the strips through the blades. With some persuasion you’ll be able to pull them out. You might find these stainless steel strips useful in other woodworking or around the house projects.
      Good luck
      Yoav

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