So some progress has been made. first i rounded off the cylinder with a bandsaw to remove a lot of those pointed edges.
Then came root cutting. Several pieces of 2” thick X 2” wide were cut in the shape of roots (approx., 7”, 9”, 8”, 11”). I free handed the shape of the root. I left 1” on the end uncut for the sliding dove tail i will use to connect the roots to the stump
Concentrating hard so i don’t cut my fingers off
So once the roots were cut i played around with assembly of the roots. Teacher told me to go with a sliding dovetail joint for the roots going into the tree stump
Here’s an image of a piece of cherry wood sitting on top of the stump. I will use a 22” round piece of wood for the actual cake plate. Not sure how i will design the plate. still thinking about it – i really want it to look like a cross section of a tree stump.
For awhile i liked the idea of having branches coming out of the stump “supporting” the cake plate (really there for visuals). instead i think it makes the tree look more creepy and too busy. if you look on the right side of this picture you’ll see the printout of the limb. what are your thoughts?
that’s all i got :) it’s coming along!