Nature's Art

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Project by TZH posted 09-22-2010 04:04 PM 1834 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 09-22-2010 04:09 PM

Some of the University of Alabama fans down here would pay big money for that!

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#2 posted 09-22-2010 04:21 PM

Great catch on finding this before making something else out of it. Nature is pretty cool in the patterns that come out.

Not sure what the other side looks like but one option might be to rip it in half and hang it on the wall?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 09-22-2010 06:24 PM

Cool! But I thought it looked like a fish until I read your description
I see the elephant too.



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#4 posted 09-22-2010 07:51 PM

This is really cool. As for how to finish the piece, I think I would just take off the stump over the elephant’s head- round it off following the curve of the head, and following the angle of the top of the ear to the outside edge of the log. That way the emphasis is on the elephant, and the eye would be less likely to pick up on a fish (or stingray) and instead see the elephant. Also I am thinking that because this piece is a unique and naturally occuring piece of art – it would be antithesis to add a non-naturally whimsical element like a hat. Just a thought. Wish I had found that elephant. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#5 posted 09-22-2010 11:01 PM

hi that natural art looks great love what you have done with it .. mother natural dose great work all we have to do is look for it and work with what is all ready there.. you have made a great job of the elephant

i do a little of natural art myself with bog oak i will post some see what you think


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