|Project by TZH||posted 09-22-2010 04:04 PM||1466 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Can you see the elephant’s head? This is a root from our property here in Pine, CO. The tree was struck by lightning a very long time ago, and was charred badly. My original plan was to make it into a coffee table upside down from what you see in the photo, but when I started cleaning out the charring, I happened to step back to look at it to make sure I was cleaning it adequately when I saw the elephant’s head, the eye, a tusk, and part of the trunk. The more I cleaned, the more clearly the elephant’s head stood out. So I decided to focus on that and leave the piece as is. I finished it with several coats of water based poly (didn’t use any stain whatsoever – the elephant’s head is the natural color caused by the charring from the lightning strike). Mother Nature sure can provide some surprising art at times. Now all I need to do is find a topper for the piece to finish it off completely. I want this to be a stand alone piece of artwork, so am thinking about a “crown” or “hat” of some sort. It definitely won’t become a plant stand or coffee table. Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks for looking.