"Forces of Nature" Redwood Root Sculpture

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Project by Joni Hamari posted 04-17-2008 09:28 PM 5172 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Something Different!
“Forces of Nature”, created from Old Growth Redwood root…On a sculpted Redwood base
Approx 8.5 feet tall, 3.5 feet across

I came across this wood 5 or 6 years ago, and just had to have it…I intended to carve it, but had no firm plans. As I started cleaning up the log, removing the dirt and rocks…it became more refined, I found voids and holes we never knew exsisted…and it became more and more interesting.
The more I studied the wood, the more I realized I couldn’t really improve on the natural design that God had already put in it…It is amazing, it spirals around itself 6 or 7 times, shaped by the earth, sky, water, weather and time. It has been exposed to the weather for decades, maybe centuries, creating a unique checkered pattern on the surface.
Indeed, shaped by the forces of nature…

So, again with something rare and special in my hands I chose to just refine it…and I have never spent so much time on a project to make it look like I did nothing at all! Nearly half the mass was removed to bring it down to solid wood while retaining the natural character and weathering. The wood itself is very tight dense grain, since it is root wood. Interestingly, when I cut the end for it to stand, I counted the rings at about 100 years per inch!

The engineering is half the fun…At around 800 pounds, this piece stands on a turning pin, so it can be easily turned with one hand to view from all angles…

This piece is available for sale…email for info.

-- Joni Hamari,

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#1 posted 04-17-2008 09:35 PM

Nice work!

Thanks for the post


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#2 posted 04-17-2008 09:52 PM

One of the greatest challenge with art and especially sculpture is deciding when enough is enough and when to stop. You over came this challenge beautifully. God definitely created the “root” of this project because he chose you to showcase it. Great job.

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 11:46 PM

I vote this posting into the top ten this week ! super project and creative presentation

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#4 posted 04-18-2008 12:38 AM

This is amazing. I had no idea the size of the piece until the last picture. Just goes to show that God produces some ‘art’ that we could never improve on!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#5 posted 04-18-2008 01:48 AM

Beautiful job Joni.

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#6 posted 04-18-2008 02:56 AM


This is a wonderful example of wood art. You did a marvelous job on this.

Thanks for the post.

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#7 posted 04-18-2008 03:26 AM

Truly beautiful piece!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 04-18-2008 06:22 PM

Don’t know where I’d put it, but I’d love to have it! Excellent project Joni!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#9 posted 06-26-2008 06:32 PM

I am sorry I missed this, Gorgeous!!!
I love your style of thinking. I think what you have done is what true artists do. I am so thrilled with how you did this, refining this piece so that it speaks for itself. AWESOME!!!

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#10 posted 02-08-2010 01:28 AM

Nature does wonderful work!

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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#11 posted 02-08-2010 01:30 AM


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