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Blog entry by EPJartisan posted 06-24-2011 11:38 PM 4591 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a call from one of my clients yesterday afternoon asking if I would be interested in some trees that blew down out in the Chicago burbs. He said they were the most unusual pieces he had ever seen and immediately thought of me. I said yes and when I saw the pictures he sent I NEEDED these pieces of wood. He said they were too big too move, but I went out by myself this morning right away and fell in love.

A huge maple tree had been blown over and when the clean up guys cut them in half, this was what was found. It is obvious why it blew over, but WOW!

I mulled around the pile determined to get on into my VW hatchback. I was about to give up and instead I went for the smaller chunks, but then one of the neighbors came out and asked me if I was gathering firewood. I smiled and said “That would be a sin, these are some of the most amazing pieces I have ever seen!!” I told them I was a sculptor and furniture maker. More neighbors came over and they all said the same thing.. that these need to go home with me. I said if I could not get at least one, it would break my heart. So the first guy, Myles from across the street, said he would help me get some to my studio. I was shocked and worried a bout his time, but he said “hey I am retired gym teacher and a volunteer fireman… I already put out a shed fire today! I got nothing else to do today, so lets go!” Awesome!!

It took a few tries, but we rolled two of them up some steel bars he had… and into his van and drove them 15 miles to my shop. He was such a nice guy, I showed him my studio and some work. I offered money, lunch, some of my art work, anything… but he said it was payment enough that I got them and that I love them so much. I was so appreciative and shook his hand many, many times. Later he called me when he got back home and said all the other pieces were scavenged already… I was lucky to have gotten there so early.

Now I just have to decide what to do with them.. slices for a table top.. legs for a side board… sculpt or carve into them ? hmmm…. ideas

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 06-24-2011 11:50 PM

very interesting find. reminds me of some of the things in the “Munch-Kin” village in the Wizard of Oz movie…. :) I look forward to seeing what becomes of these for sure. I hear those gears turnin.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 12:02 AM

very very cool. a gift from mother nature – you won’t find those anywhere else, one of a kind. should be used accordingly

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 06-25-2011 01:42 AM

Totally unique pieces. I can see why you needed them. Too bad some are now firewood.

Welcome back from Italy. Hope you had lots o’ fun.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#4 posted 06-25-2011 01:43 AM

Damn… Pity you and Jeff (Jeffro) are on opposite sides of the country…
I am getting bombarded with visions of the beautiful things the two of you would wring out of this hoard!

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#5 posted 06-25-2011 04:59 AM


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 06-25-2011 06:43 AM

I’m sure you can think of something fitting for such beautiful pieces of wood.
A few more curls in there and it’s look like giant cinnabuns.


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#7 posted 06-25-2011 04:19 PM

I can see why the trees came own – there’s nothing left!

But I think I might slice them horizontally, and then use each curly-que slice as a pair of table legs. You’d probably need to stabilize that wood though.

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#8 posted 06-27-2011 11:52 PM

What a find, music in the tree.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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