This was part of a beech tree found for me by an arborist friend in 2006. How long it had been down, nobody knows but when I first got it, it was about 31” in diameter and 18ft in length.
This is just one of the pieces which I salvaged. The outside was badly rotted – so much so you could push your finger into it. After I had trimmed off the outside, i.e pictures 1, 2, 3 & 4 and stabilised the rest, it was obvious that quite a fine piece could be made from it.
Pictures 5, 6 and 7 show the process of getting it into my workshop and loading it onto my machine. The piece at that time weighed approx 3cwt! (Sorry but at 73 yrs, I can only work in imperial….)
The rest of the pictures show the process of first taking it to a cylinder, during which time I probably moved it on its axis at least a dozen times, then shaping what would become the top. The hollowing out process and determining the final shape, a very slow process of retaining the artistry which nature has created, required an immense amount of patience but the end result was well worth it as I am extremely proud of the piece.
It is difficult to say how may hours I actually spent on it as I worked on it over a period of several days. The seasoning or drying process then took a further 9 months after which re-sanding and polishing took place over 3 – 4 weeks.
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