Vacation Tree

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Project by Rob W posted 07-12-2010 04:37 PM 2724 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While vacationing in Michigan, I decided to thank my cousin with a wood spirit to watch the door.

Tell me this sunset isn’t worth a few hours of carving.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#1 posted 07-12-2010 04:48 PM

Nice carving it wood be a little dificult to carry off.
Is it a live tree or one that was cut off high enough for the carving?

My mom had several concrete deer and a concrete German Sheperd guarding them.
They all ran off in the middle of the night a couple of months ago.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#2 posted 07-12-2010 04:50 PM

Oh WOWWW!! Was your cousin blown away by this, or WHAT ? You did such a fantastic job on it….a very realistic looking face on your wood spirit. I’ve always preffered the more realistic looking faces to the overly exaggerated (more caricature like) ones. Very well done : )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#3 posted 07-12-2010 04:56 PM

Very cool Rob.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#4 posted 07-12-2010 04:57 PM

That’s fantastic. I just hope you didn’t kill the tree (if it was alive). Have you done this before with standing trees and what was the result months later? I’m curious if the bark recovers or if the carving gets sapped over.

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#5 posted 07-12-2010 04:58 PM

REally nice.

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#6 posted 07-12-2010 05:08 PM

This was done on a live red oak tree. I have done smaller carvings on live trees and they survived so we will see. They planned to cut this tree down so I didn’t figure that there was much to lose. Now they are talking about leaving it there whether it lives or not. I put a coat of Thompson’s Waterseal on it to seal it and keep the bugs out.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#7 posted 07-12-2010 05:17 PM

sweet and the sunset is way cool too

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 07-12-2010 05:55 PM

This is a very good carving! I have seen other “spirit” carvings in live trees and the tree is still growing.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 07-12-2010 06:10 PM

Super carving and interesting idea.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 07-12-2010 07:18 PM

Rob ~ That is a very cool carving. I don’t think there would be any problem with that killing the tree. The feeding of the tree occurs up and down and so you still left the majority of the ‘flow’ uninterrupted. I have to think that as the whole thing weathers it will gain even more character.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#11 posted 07-12-2010 08:32 PM

Nice carving.

How long does it take you to do something like that?

Do you carve from a picture?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#12 posted 07-12-2010 09:54 PM

This carving took about 10 hours. I did not use a picture.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#13 posted 07-12-2010 10:14 PM

wow really nice piece of art Buddy…..good job :) keep it up

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#14 posted 07-12-2010 10:22 PM

Rob, you have managed to release the spirit of the tree! Absolutley AWESOME work! I too would not mind looking at that sunset for a long while.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#15 posted 07-13-2010 01:58 AM

Great job lets hope the tree huggers don’t see it…

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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