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.