Enlightenment Tree

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Project by George Coles posted 08-10-2013 04:09 AM 1666 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first “Art” piece for many years. I call it the “Enlightenment Tree”. This is because it reveals your mood to you before you leave the house to face the world. It also helps to remind me that it was a living 40 year old Narra Tree not too long ago.

It is made from a Narra Tree that was cut down to allow for building repairs to a neighbors house. As a person who normally only uses recycled timber for my works, I was saddened by the cutting of this tree and wanted to make it into something special. I am not sure that I have achieved that, but I have done my best by the tree in its passing. Sorry if this sounds corny but I love trees that are alive and I am inspired by them.

It has a place to hang your hat, a place to hang your umbrella and a drawer to put your keys.

Please no comments saying I am soft or I will send my poodle (really a pit bull) to bite your bum. (-: And several of my helpers have named it BIGFOOT.

-- George Coles,

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#1 posted 08-10-2013 06:10 AM


People are idiots! They cut down rain forests and decimate the land and our lives. Without them we die. Woodworkers can honor the wood and the tree. I believe you have done so. I’ve seen bad a_s Poodles and sweet pit bulls.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-10-2013 03:42 PM

Hi George, you’ve done justice to the tree. That is a really interesting and unique piece. The wood is beautiful. I like rough live edges in contrast with the smooth finish on the mirror frame. The drawer is a nice touch. Peter

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 08-10-2013 05:21 PM

Reminds me of an Ankh – Egyptian symbol of eternal life – may it last as long. I only cut down a tree when necessary – most of my projects are literally windfalls (storm damage), otherwise I get my material from selective pruning. Good job on honoring the tree.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 08-10-2013 05:50 PM

Super piece of ART. No way to improve on that one.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#5 posted 08-13-2013 06:42 PM

That’s a gorgeous art piece and at the same time a functional piece. Excellent work on giving new life to the great tree.

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