Fluer de lis

Fluer de lis

Pecky cypress. Milled from Victorian Era log. Found in Morgan City, LA. The tree was cut with an ax. Very old indeed.

Sean Howell


Very nice. I’ve often wondered about these kinds of sculptures about how they are made. Could you give me a short synopsis? Did you just use a chisel and scraper or bandsaw and rasp or what? Teach me, obi wan. ;-)

Losing fingers since 1969

Very nice piece of carving and the wood you used makes it even more special .

Love the smoothness and the way it reflects light. Great creation!

First you have to hand draw half of a perfect fluer de lis on temple try paper. Fold it over and draw it again. This gives you symmetry. Use a bandsaw to cut it. This gives you 2 dimensions. Draw where the band goes. Draw where your seems will go. I have a variety of carving bits I used to take the wood down. The final carving is strictly sand paper after. Tung oil finish. 3 coat of polyurethane. .I shoot my polyurethane so I don’t capture bubbles are brush stokes. This fluer de lis is 3 ft tall. 1ft 10 inches wide. I swamp log all my own lumber and this is the reward for it.

Sean Howell

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Sean Howell

La fleur de lis! It has been carried by many monarchs.

Well done. A fine representation.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

A 3 ft tall 1ft 10" wide flower of the lily!!!

Sean Howell


That’s beautiful! I would never have guessed it was so large!


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

I’m a firm believer in bigger is better. I specialize in Fluer de lis. I make them 5 1/2 inches up to 3 ft tall. Looking at going bigger the next time I pull a sinker log. :)

Sean Howell

Good finish on this one.

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