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Thursday, June 21, 2012

I'm Back!

I know it's been a while. I'd like to say I've been too busy, but that is not entirely the truth. Fact is I lost my muse and have been lost taking other paths. I resolve to right this wrong and begin anew and maybe even change it up a bit.

I have been busy, building my business, keeping up two homes, gardening, cooking, a couple of home improvement projects and other artistic pursuits. So now I've decided it is time once again to share.

Here's a fun bit of creativity I did last year. You see there was this stump sitting on the edge of the woods and the yard that caught my interest our first summer here. After looking at it for a year or two I got inspired. An object d'arte -- a table. 
Painted stump table, 2' high by 2 1/2' diameter.
I rolled this incredibly heavy stump -- I believe it is oak -- through the yard to the driveway where I was going to clean it up before working on it. It took a lot of strength and perseverance to get it there as it must weigh at least 150 pounds. Once I got it there I cleaned up by removing what little bark was left and smoothing the sides and the soft decayed wood.

Next came several coats of oil-based red paint. The ants and bugs living in the stump didn't care for this much and started exiting through the hole in the center (both top and bottom). Nasty. I had to apply some ant killer, which I hoped would be successful. Let's put it this way, this is an outside piece, not an inside one.

Over the next several days I followed the well-defined rings and cracks with metallic decorative paint. Once it was painted to my satisfaction several coats of spar varnish were applied. Because it was so heavy I decided to make it easier to move by drilling holes in the bottom and attaching caster wheels.