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Project by Arthouse posted 172 days ago 1117 views 4 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 172 days ago

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 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 172 days ago

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 172 days ago

love it

-- Joel

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#4 posted 172 days ago

About as unique as it comes,very creative.

-- Custom furniture

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 172 days ago

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

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#6 posted 172 days ago

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

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 172 days ago

neat art, Art! :-)

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#8 posted 172 days ago

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 172 days ago

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 172 days ago

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 172 days ago

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 170 days ago

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

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#13 posted 167 days ago

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

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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