"Madonna" natural Pine Beetle Sculpture

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Project by TZH posted 12-26-2011 10:59 PM 1526 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for my Wife for Christmas this year – she gave it the name “Madonna”. Both the sculpture and the base are Ponderosa Pine affected by Pine Beetle. The sculpture was also affected by resin canker (I think – opinions on this are definitely welcome because we have a lot of this type of wood on our property and would like to know what causes this type of contortion in the wood). This was a huge branch of the tree with a hole going from bottom to top that accommodates the amber and red crystal “lamp” you see in the first photo. Light is provided by one string of white LED Christmas lights bunched up behind the crystals. The “heart” of the wood is a darker brown than the rest of the wood (that’s the part that is saturated with natural resin). Finished with one coat of dewaxed Zinnser shellac and two coats of resin glaze (definitely an experiment for me as I hadn’t done anything like this previously). Turned out pretty well and learned a LOT about how to do bigger pieces like this. Base has inlaid turquoise and quartz. Same finish process for the base as for the sculpture. Measures 27” high by 20” wide by 7” deep.

Comments welcome.
Thanks for looking.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 12-27-2011 12:25 AM

Wow! I got to see this “in person”. The pics are beautiful but don’t really do it justice. An amazing piece of art. Thanks for sharing.

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