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Carving Tree Stumps
Stumps before carving It's not easy to see a beautiful tree felled, but, sometimes it has to go. None of these trees were cut down just to be carved. Only dead, dying, or hazard trees are used. First they are taken down to stumps....then transformed into something new.
We study the stump, and figure out what it should be turned into. It can be thought of as a three-way collaboration between the owner, the carver, and the tree itself, in it's location. Sometimes a particular piece of wood just calls out to be turned into something. A drawing is made so we can have a look at the idea.
Salmon Stump Sketch
Salmon stump half-way carved Then scaffolding is built, and the carving proceeds.
Salmon stump completed After carving, if the wood is still green, we need to let it dry a bit before applying the finish. Usually there is a tarp roof over the whole thing to keep it dry, and shaded from the sun as well. When it's dry enough, three coats of a penetrating wood preservative are applied. This protects it from moisture, rot, insects, mildew and checking. (cracking) It also helps to add life to the final finish, which is a blend of oil- based exterior stains. Darker stains to accentuate the shadows, and lighter stains to add highlights over the mid-tones.This gives a very natural look to the finished piece, designed to be maintenance free. ....Protected this way it can last for years!

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