"Growth rings of emotion" Steam Punk

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Project by Arthouse posted 08-31-2012 12:04 PM 1613 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever so often my creativity twist like a burl in a tree reinventing the wheel of new idea’s based on things I see and feel. “Growth rings of emotion came from a visit to Santa Fe galleries. In this case metallic finishes from “Steam punk” sculpture an industrial sculpture was the journey . I took two old pillow blocks and turned a 30’’ disk with a turned center hub for the pillow blocks to hold the piece. I then attatched the disk and hub together with old quilted walnut cambian layer of the tree. Dead walnut trees rot from the inside out leaving only the outside layer . This is what I used but was quilted. I then made a pillow block stand so the sculpture would rotate. I then used a new finish I invented using metal and copper flakes polychromed . I put reactive acid on the finish for the warm colors. The base has the same finish but was painted then ground smooth and acid wash to achieve a warm black look. I bounced the idea’s off several creative wise men and they said I was going to be a painter now.
Strange how idea’s shift the mindset to other techniques. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 12:15 PM

Ancient looking….. how many years did you leave it out in the weather? Very nice patina effect!!

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

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#2 posted 08-31-2012 12:55 PM

That is a unique piece and a unique finish!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 01:23 PM

Not something I would ever think of building, but once seeing it, would just set there and look and be
mesmerized for quite a while. You do have a very distinctive perception of the world and I like the way you
bring that view into reality. Thank you once again for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 02:08 PM

I like it.
That’s a nice piece of art. What more can I say?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 02:29 PM

The concept, material and finish are all impressive! Nice original thinking on the finish.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 08-31-2012 06:12 PM

very impressive!!!

-- Ryan, Arizona

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#7 posted 08-31-2012 10:05 PM

I’m with Paul on this one, this piece should be in a gallery, very nicely done & unique, :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 08-31-2012 11:26 PM

WOW that is so cool.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#9 posted 09-01-2012 02:41 PM

WOW! Beautiful, Dan… one I added as a ‘favorite.’ I love the textural aspect of it!

I think you’ve done M. Duschamp one better…. LOL

-- Rick, south Sweden

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