Learn about the beauty of wood by creating a special wood collection. Every type of tree has a distinctive pattern to its wood, and collecting many different types of wood will show you just how varied and special each one is.
Begin by collecting wood in a nearby forest or woodlands. Use only fallen branches, and choose solid branches that are about two to three inches in diameter. Check the leaves remaining on the branch -- that will help you to determine the kind of tree the branch came from.
What You'll Need:
- Branches or scraps of wood from lumber store
- Sturdy vise
Step 1: Ask an adult to saw off a six-inch length of the branches you find. Allow the wood to dry for about two weeks.
Step 2: You also can ask at the lumber store for small scraps of wood from trees that may not grow in your area. Try to get scraps about two inches square and six inches long.
Step 3: Put your branch or wood scrap upright in a sturdy vise. Ask an adult to help you make a two-inch deep lengthwise cut down the middle. Make a second cut crosswise until your saw meets the base of the first cut. Remove the piece of wood.
Step 4: Sand the cut surface until smooth, then ask an adult to help you varnish it. This will beautifully highlight both the lengthwise grain and the cross-grain.
For an interesting decoration, try preserving leaves. Find out how to get started on the next page.