|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 07-17-2015 08:24 AM||800 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
What I call a Rose Fist is that part of a Rose Tree where the trunk ends and the branches begin. I planted this Rose Tree in my yard a number of years ago, and, in the last year or so, it died. (I know, weird. You can’t kill a Rose around here if you try – extremely hardy species.) Anyhow, it died, and I was removing it from said yard, from the top down, when I notice this gnarly “fist”. I separated it from the trunk, and it sat around for a while.
What are you gonna do with that, besides move it out of the way every time you step on it? Well, I shall examine it to see if there’s any way to mount it.
What say you flatten enough of one end to get at least three faceplate screws into it? Okay.
Under constant concern over just how firmly attached any of this chunk of compacted material was, I turned a simple vase shape. Then, I wanted to open it up just enough to get a plastic tube-type container in to hold water for a bud. I didn’t measure the container That’s 5/8”, mebees 9/16”, says Mr. Smartypants.
I drilled it out carefully with a 5/8” Forstner. It doesn’t fit.
So, Sillyhead, stick a tool in there and open it up til it does.
While I’m following his advice, I start seeing some plate movement in the vicinity of that huge fissure, visible in photos 1 & 5. I stop immediately, shake my head at him, and begin sanding and polishing (and closing my ears to any more suggestions).
I slathered the thing, inside and out, with more shellac than I can remember. Polished up, it became something unlike anything else ever.
I hope I can find more “Rose Fists”.