I got a call from one of my clients yesterday afternoon asking if I would be interested in some trees that blew down out in the Chicago burbs. He said they were the most unusual pieces he had ever seen and immediately thought of me. I said yes and when I saw the pictures he sent I NEEDED these pieces of wood. He said they were too big too move, but I went out by myself this morning right away and fell in love.
A huge maple tree had been blown over and when the clean up guys cut them in half, this was what was found. It is obvious why it blew over, but WOW!
I mulled around the pile determined to get on into my VW hatchback. I was about to give up and instead I went for the smaller chunks, but then one of the neighbors came out and asked me if I was gathering firewood. I smiled and said “That would be a sin, these are some of the most amazing pieces I have ever seen!!” I told them I was a sculptor and furniture maker. More neighbors came over and they all said the same thing.. that these need to go home with me. I said if I could not get at least one, it would break my heart. So the first guy, Myles from across the street, said he would help me get some to my studio. I was shocked and worried a bout his time, but he said “hey I am retired gym teacher and a volunteer fireman… I already put out a shed fire today! I got nothing else to do today, so lets go!” Awesome!!
It took a few tries, but we rolled two of them up some steel bars he had… and into his van and drove them 15 miles to my shop. He was such a nice guy, I showed him my studio and some work. I offered money, lunch, some of my art work, anything… but he said it was payment enough that I got them and that I love them so much. I was so appreciative and shook his hand many, many times. Later he called me when he got back home and said all the other pieces were scavenged already… I was lucky to have gotten there so early.
Now I just have to decide what to do with them.. slices for a table top.. legs for a side board… sculpt or carve into them ? hmmm…. ideas
-- ~ Eric P Jorgenson: Jorgenson Design