Reaching for the light 2#

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Project by Arthouse posted 10-30-2013 01:44 PM 1833 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ‘ve just entered this concept called ” Tree of Life Series” ” Reaching for the light” using a hollow live oak quilted log for the base and Mitsumato trees into the Texas furniture makers show. I started by finding the right log in the Texas Hill country on my roving horseback scouting journeys through thousands of acres of private land. Searching for old trees. I found this log and cut a section of the log that had an old branch rotted out making it hollow. I then cut the left side off to make this round circular feministic piece to hold the trees for a 36’’ round 3/8 ’’ thick glass top table. I ground the log down with many grinder tools then sanded to only 120 grit. I finished with conversion varnish and started setting my trees in indentations of the log similar to mushrooms reaching for the light. I delivered to the show into this exspansive hall and watched as woodworkers dropped there donunts to catch a glimpse of the contrasting colors and white trees. Thru pride or competive spirit no one patted me on the back or said that is a winner but knowing full well my out of the box visions I create take people back to process for awhile . I ll save my comments and closure untill the awards ceremony . It’s just another piece I feel that I am doing better than I deserve . 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 10-30-2013 02:08 PM

Definitely different, and it is going to make a lot of people stop and look and wonder. I definitely like it, and
no I can not really say why other than it looks damn wonderful. Was that huge white base part of the original
design, or did it just grow? When you titled it Reaching for the Light” I started thinking maybe a light
scource in the hollow, or using some fiber optic cables in place of some of the Mitsumato branches, I am glad
you are the designer, I would still be dithering into the new year. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 10-30-2013 02:13 PM

well i sure will do it, great job, fantastic insight, and very nice material used, go ahead and write your acceptance speech…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 10-30-2013 02:32 PM

love it

-- Joel

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 02:38 PM

About as unique as it comes,very creative.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 10-30-2013 02:41 PM

Outta sight!!!!!!! How unique.I can see that being bought up quickly!!
cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 10-30-2013 02:43 PM

Very nice work. You did such a nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 10-30-2013 02:54 PM

neat art, Art! :-)

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#8 posted 10-30-2013 03:34 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 10-30-2013 04:54 PM

Great work, love the look of this…..

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 10-30-2013 05:08 PM

Beautiful piece!

I think you will win an award! For Sure!

How did you get the ends of all those branches cut So Perfectly to hold the glass so nice?

In the Future you could just mount a very powerful laser on a tripod, checked for being Level, etc….. using it on Low Power, check for proper alignment & height… Then, turn to Hi Power… and swing the laser across branches cutting them off in one nice SWEEP! :)

But, I don’t think you did it that way… You may have used a laser to mark each branch for cutting… then cut them the old fashioned way… :)

So, how did you really do it?

Thank you.

Good Luck!

You will do good!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 10-30-2013 09:38 PM

That is simply amazing! Your wood working skills is remarkable!Unique and elegant! Incredible.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#12 posted 11-01-2013 03:34 PM

Lovely and unique piece! Cool design and beautiful choice of materials. Beautiful work!

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#13 posted 11-04-2013 02:56 PM

What a wonderful piece of art/furniture. Your imagination and creativity is super.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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