“Wood” Side Story

20 May

Two weeks ago one of our neighbours had to take down a large Maple tree that apparently was deemed unstable. In many heavy wind storms large branches had cracked off causing some concern for fellow area dwellers. The older couple, whom the tree belonged to, made the final decision to call in the experts and take care of business.

ImageThese moments are always a little “bitter-sweet” for me. On one hand, I love to see the natural beauty of these magnificent trees and foliage growing and coexisting with us in our urban and rural settings. So it is bitter to see one go. Quick observation: Suburbia is still in a mode of catch-up since most new developments seem to be planned on flat unobstructed land.

ImageAnyhow, back to the regal tree. To see such a beautiful specimen have to go was a sad moment. Now the sweet part to this love story was that the older couple who were also saddened by their “be felled” tree offered us a “slice of wood”.  At first offer, I said sure! I love wood and the thought of reclaiming, re-purposing and recreating a piece of natural history was a no brainer.

After a few days of cutting and getting the tree down, I went over to check out my piece. OMG! My slab was about 4 feet by 3 feet and maybe 500 lbs. It was beautiful, It was huge and how was I going to haul this sucker down the street to my backyard. Anyhow, after a few good men and women, a couple of dollies, one incline and a good half hour later we rolled that baby home.

ImageIt is currently drying out. I am considering cutting it thinner or in half. I have plans to make a table or two or four. Still deciding on the configuration!

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Check out some of these table ideas.

I am getting inspired by looking at Wood Grain Slabs that have been turned into tables.

These are absolutely cool!

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The purpose, the finish, the design are all things to consider.

This is going to be awesome!

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