Carved Cedar Peace Poles
I prefer to make things that last for generations. A cedar peace pole lasts about thirty years. So I stopped making them. My brother use to make a few from time to time. He did not sandblast them. He carved them with a "V" bit, which is like typesetting in wood. It makes very nice text. But we ended up throwing a lot away when carving in cedar because cedar chips during carving, unlike, say, maple. But cedar is bug and rot resistant and lasts a long time outdoors, and that's important for peace poles.
Pictured here are some that didn't turn out the way he wanted. We got an order for an 8 feet tall wooden peace pole with eight languages on it. He didn't like the way the first one turned out, so he made another. Then we figured out that one of the translations was not oriented properly - something you would notice only if you spoke Hindi. So he made a third. However, we now had the first two he made with the Hindi laid out wrong. All the other languages read from top to bottom. The Hindi read from bottom to top. Owning either of these would be like owning a parlor game and quizzing people to see if they can find the mistake.
The translations on the poles shown are Odawa/Ojibway, Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, and Swahili.
If you want to see photos of all the languages on these polls, click here. The next ones would be similar.
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At this link you can see a forty-two inch tall, five-sided, maple pole we made for a chapel.
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If emotion did not play such a large role in how we run our world, wooden poles would be made out of redwood instead of cedar. Most redwood (and all the redwood we'd use) is farm-raised on a tree farm in California that is as large as the state of Ohio. The Western Red Cedar normally used for peace poles is not farm raised. It is cut from old growth forests in Canada. Ecologically it would be better to use redwood. Redwood carves better and looks better and comes from a farm. But people go berserk when they hear "redwood," so cedar is used for making wooden peace poles.