”Having Fun With Green and Green”
....word playing-wood playing, while busily slaying the bark off some wood that has not yet turned off it’s drying time, and so i spend some out in the sun time at removing an outer layer, as all the while i am imagining what these are yet to be….
....and so the ongoing story of ‘wood art’ continues….
Spent the afternoon on Sunday out behind my barn debarking some willow, maple and oak pieces of wood from the past summer and before. The willow comes from a tree that I had cut down last summer and since I have not worked with willow before, I am waiting to see how this wood reacts to drying, finishing and what can I expect in the way of ‘wood art’.
Yes I know,—-the title has thrown you….’Green and Green’ vs. ’Greene and Greene’, well as I said when I started this blog story; “word playing-wood playing”!
I found this willow tree down while out driving and never being one to pass up an opportunity for free wood to slab or burn I had to stop and ask; ” what are you all planning on doing with the willow?” I might add that I am not one who holds back on asking and have found much wood this way. I was told that the willow was mine if I wanted to take it and clean up, so next step was a fast run home for chain saw and trailer and then back to start cutting up. Worked through the afternoon and into early evening and then back early next morning to cut some slabs and then clean up the site , while leaving the hauling for last.
....here’s one of the slabs I cut….
....after debarking on Sunday I started playing around with the piece of willow to see what could be….
....some different views of the willow as my imagination starts rolling….this slab will be a test piece and I will see how well ‘butterfly splices’ fit into the cracks, plus the testing out of some ‘finishing practices’....but then you never know as my test pieces can usually end up as great works of ‘wood art’....
....and then I just thought I would post an update on the birch burl and how it is taking to curing in the seasons….this one is now on it’s third year of developing character and I have noticed the wood is starting to acquire some nice cracks which in turn will give me some nice spalting of the wood….
Ha! Now since I’m using green wood on top of green wood here, I thought that maybe this could be a ’Green on Green’—-THOR’S ENd SIDE TABLE!!!
Everyone have a very good day!!!
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/