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Blog entry by mreagleeyes posted 08-07-2009 07:20 PM 2239 reads 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am working on yet another piece and thought I’d share me project so far with you guys.

The Magnolia ‘Salicifolia’ tree had stood in the grounds of the Inner Temple on London’s Thames for over 80 years but due to a fungus it had to come down.

My original plan was to use the timber as a practice piece that I could use my new Arbortech grinder on, however whilst the guys where cutting the tree down the girl in charge of the gardens asked what I would do with the timber and she said that the gardens would probably buy the piece back from me. Win Win situation.

Some pictures of the cutting and a few design ideas.

Comments always welcome.



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#1 posted 08-07-2009 07:41 PM

Can’t wait to see it when completed, wondering how it will be sealed from the elements

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 09:34 PM

Here is how to embed photos instead of providing a link:

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#3 posted 08-08-2009 01:12 AM

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The Tree before she was cut down.

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#4 posted 08-08-2009 01:13 AM

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Cutting and getting down to a rough size

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#5 posted 08-08-2009 01:14 AM

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What I’ve ended up with. The large piece is roughly 1600mm X 600mm X 600mm.
The two smaller ones I’m hoping to get some 500mm cubes from to make single single-seater’s.

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#6 posted 08-08-2009 01:15 AM

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1:5 model design. The pennies are used to get it off the ground.

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#7 posted 08-08-2009 01:15 AM

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#8 posted 08-08-2009 01:16 AM

Picture 1

Rough drawings. Hoping to get a hole in the middle to show the rings of the tree slowly getting larger with the curve from the inside out.

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#9 posted 08-08-2009 01:17 AM

Base

Base to be made out of steel, that will rust over time and give the piece an air of floating.

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#10 posted 08-08-2009 01:20 AM

Many thanks ‘Todd A. Clippinger’, seem to have made a bit of a cock up of the whole thing. Apologies. I’ll get the hang of it soon.
Hope you voted for my bench in the competition?.

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#11 posted 08-08-2009 01:24 AM

Click on the pictures and you’ll see the whole image.
Made a mistake when uploading, instead of listening to ‘Todd A. Clippinger’, I went and uploaded HUGE pictures. Lesson learnt.

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#12 posted 08-08-2009 01:26 AM

I can’t wait to watch this progress, and I’m glad an artist was able to acquire this beautifully figured and colored wood. I like the design you propose as well. The block of wood in the shot with you and the chainsaw is gorgeous. Looking at both faces as a dyptic, it looks like UFOs or blimps hovering over conifers in a forest, all in front of an amazing sunset with rays shooting up through the low-lying clouds.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#13 posted 08-08-2009 05:43 AM

You’re getting the hang of it:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#14 posted 08-29-2009 05:12 PM

fascinating beginning…
and don’t forget to turn this blog into a series (and make this #1 of the series of course)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#15 posted 08-29-2009 07:12 PM

The current drawing. Apologies have been working hard and forgotten about you lot.
Bench 3-4 Final

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