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Evolution of a stump: From natures sculpture to mine.

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Project by junipercanyon posted 01-21-2013 at 07:42 AM 1444 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To see more pics and story of this build see my blog: http://lumberjocks.com/junipercanyon/blog/33665

I almost missed out on this project. My uncle was about to remove an ugly old snag from the middle of his horse pasture when I showed up for a visit. His preferred removal method for junipers is to push them over with a backhoe and burn them…..but I offered to save him some fuel on this one!!! The near fate of the slash pile for this tree inspired me to do a bunch of torch work on this. I burned out all the nooks and crannies, and then blended it all together with countless hours of sanding. Most of the natural cracks were filled with strips of copper and crushed turquoise. Also you can see in the 5th picture I cut out a piece of patina copper to close off a hole in the limb. The finish in these pics is hand rubbed tung oil.

-- Juniper Canyon Design





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Tokolosi

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 at 07:45 AM

One word:

Stunning!!!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 at 07:46 AM

Very cool, thanks for taking us on the journey.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 at 07:59 AM

What a hidden gem….. Great work on this a real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-21-2013 at 08:48 AM

amazing

-- Joel

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#5 posted 01-21-2013 at 09:32 AM

A beautiful piece looks soft to the touch
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 01-21-2013 at 09:34 AM

Ta Taaaaaaa! Finished. You and mom nature together. The life of this amazing species goes on. Thanks for the journey!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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junipercanyon

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#7 posted 01-21-2013 at 10:26 AM

Jamie: that’s the downfall to photos, the viewer can only imagine how it feels to touch and most of the time the picture just doesn’t do the project justice!!!. There are so many projects on lumberjocks that I just want to reach through the screen and feel. For me, touching the wood is very important to get the complete experience of a wood project,.....and trust me….., this piece is truly incredibly smooth to the touch, the smoothest I have achieved yet. Thank you for the compliments!!

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#8 posted 01-21-2013 at 10:41 AM

A truely beautiful piece. You oughtta frame a 5×7 of the standing tree and set it on this piece.
This turned out to be one of those projects that ends up to be just about as good as it gets when you are finally finished.

Great wood-working.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 01-21-2013 at 11:32 AM

WOW so beautiful I love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 01-21-2013 at 05:30 PM

This is a wonderful piece of art!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 01-22-2013 at 03:49 AM

thats an awesome use of old stumps!

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#12 posted 01-22-2013 at 06:17 AM

Great memorial to a wonderful tree, you have really shown the grain and growth of the tree, and made it a
project that makes you want to reach out and touch. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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