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Hello Lumberjocks, Allow me to present my first Suiseki. I really love wood and I really love rocks so I was really really impressed by the Suiseki creations of Hybridwoodwork and Waho6o9 here on Lumberjocks. When one of my co-workers brought me this piece of granite rubble from the Crazy Horse Monument I decided to try my hand at creating my own Suiseki. I selected a slice from the trunk of a dwarf cherry tree that I had to cut down a few years ago after it died of some type of blight. I don't know what color horse Chief Crazy Horse rode and I mean no disrespect, but the minute I started working on it that song about the black horse and the cherry tree got stuck in my head. I only sanded part way through the bark to get that swirling texture effect on the sides. The finish is hand rubbed paste wax. Finished size is 8" long X 4" wide x 3.5" tall. As you can see in picture 5 my router skills need work - this was actually my first time using the router. And in picture 6 you can see the saw marks on the bottom - I may cover those up with some felt. But I am happy with the result. As my boss said "before it was just a rock - now it is more than a rock." Amazing what a little wood can do. Questions, comments and critiques are always welcome. Thanks for looking.

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I like the stone and wood combo. A work of art indeed!
 

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Outstanding work Leafherder! Gorgeous grain patterns compliment

the granite nicely, well done my friend.
 

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Thanks Bentwood and Waho6o9,

If two such accomplished artists as yourselves like it, then I must have done something right.
 

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Good job! It really is a spiritual undertaking somehow, isn't it?
 

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A new word for me. Will look into it. Thanks for posting
 

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Thanks for the compliments guys.

To Hybridwoodwork: My projects always have a spiritual element to them, the time I spend shaping and sanding is my way to unwind after a stressful day - almost a Zen quality to it. Because of the source of this stone, it took on extra meaning - I was honoring the man as well as Nature.

To Deon: I am sure you would like it if you tried it. Your work with native woods is beautiful, and I am sure Italy has a lot of interesting (and possibly historical) stones.

To helluvawreck: Glad you like it.

To everyone else who has looked: Thanks for looking!
 

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Very cool!
 

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Thanks Robert. Branching out from my usual canes is fun (Yes bad pun intended.)
 

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Never heard of Suiseki before. You've wrinkled my brain.
 
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