Resurecting Live Oak

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Project by Arthouse posted 10-19-2011 02:41 AM 2571 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In Texas we have a serious problem killing thousand of Live oak trees a disease called decline. When I travel across Texas and witness thousands of acres of dead trees I try and see if I can use the trees into some sort of way before it turns to firewood. This is my first attempt . The trees are usually large and always have a hollow center. In this design I have cut a square around the hollowed center and cut a section out to use the heavy live oak tree as the base cradling the V white oak for a coffee table . Their is a piece of glass that is not pictured that is used as the top. I have also carved some of the dead wood out of the center and painted it with milk paint for a accent making sure anyone can see through to give it that light and airy similar to a sculpture .To let the eye travel through the piece to add interest . If anyone has any ideas for the Live oak please let me know. The wood is a textured multi colored wood that is as hard as mesquite or harder . 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 10-19-2011 05:24 AM

Very beautiful! Strangely I see an outline of a tiger’s head in the Live Oak block in picture 2 and 3.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 10-19-2011 05:38 AM

After I read the storie It’s larger than I thought! would be nice to see It with glass. I think! your going down the right path.

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#3 posted 10-21-2011 12:35 AM

Nice idea. Just keep working along this line. I am thinking a box or chest, made with a stripy effect of the old oak and nice crisp new timber maybe 6 sections or so.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#4 posted 11-12-2011 06:39 AM

This is a beautiful piece. I’m surprised it got so few comments. I think it would be easier for folks to relate to it, if it had the glass. I love the contrast of rustic and clean lines.

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