Evolution of a stump: From natures sculpture to mine.

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Project by junipercanyon posted 01-21-2013 03:42 PM 2751 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To see more pics and story of this build see my blog:

I almost missed out on this project. My uncle was about to remove an ugly old snag from the middle of his horse pasture when I showed up for a visit. His preferred removal method for junipers is to push them over with a backhoe and burn them…..but I offered to save him some fuel on this one!!! The near fate of the slash pile for this tree inspired me to do a bunch of torch work on this. I burned out all the nooks and crannies, and then blended it all together with countless hours of sanding. Most of the natural cracks were filled with strips of copper and crushed turquoise. Also you can see in the 5th picture I cut out a piece of patina copper to close off a hole in the limb. The finish in these pics is hand rubbed tung oil.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 03:45 PM

One word:


-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 03:46 PM

Very cool, thanks for taking us on the journey.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 03:59 PM

What a hidden gem….. Great work on this a real beauty!

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

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#4 posted 01-21-2013 04:48 PM


-- Joel

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#5 posted 01-21-2013 05:32 PM

A beautiful piece looks soft to the touch

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 01-21-2013 05:34 PM

Ta Taaaaaaa! Finished. You and mom nature together. The life of this amazing species goes on. Thanks for the journey!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 01-21-2013 06:26 PM

Jamie: that’s the downfall to photos, the viewer can only imagine how it feels to touch and most of the time the picture just doesn’t do the project justice!!!. There are so many projects on lumberjocks that I just want to reach through the screen and feel. For me, touching the wood is very important to get the complete experience of a wood project,.....and trust me….., this piece is truly incredibly smooth to the touch, the smoothest I have achieved yet. Thank you for the compliments!!

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#8 posted 01-21-2013 06:41 PM

A truely beautiful piece. You oughtta frame a 5×7 of the standing tree and set it on this piece.
This turned out to be one of those projects that ends up to be just about as good as it gets when you are finally finished.

Great wood-working.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 01-21-2013 07:32 PM

WOW so beautiful I love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 01-22-2013 01:30 AM

This is a wonderful piece of art!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 01-22-2013 11:49 AM

thats an awesome use of old stumps!

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#12 posted 01-22-2013 02:17 PM

Great memorial to a wonderful tree, you have really shown the grain and growth of the tree, and made it a
project that makes you want to reach out and touch. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#13 posted 12-31-2014 02:40 PM

why do i want to rub my face on this?

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#14 posted 01-01-2015 06:43 PM

Wondering why this didn’t get a top 3?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 08-13-2020 04:20 PM

What kind of oil finish did you apply? Thank you for chronicling your journey creating this beautiful piece!

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