The Giving Tree . . . Part Two
Some months ago I showed how we made an end table out of a limb from the live oak tree we cut down on our land. I wanted to show what else we did to preserve some of the tree's history.
I had seen on Martha Stewart's website how an artist (Bryan Nash Gill from Connecticut #bryannashgill) made relief prints from a tree he had cut down. His work is incredible and inspired us to do something similar on a much smaller diy scale.
After cutting down the tree, we had the arborist cut a thin section which we let dry for several months. We then took it to our builder (who is an amazing carpenter and has virtually every tool imaginable) who planed it and gave us a perfectly smooth surface to work from. Tom used a blowtorch to burn the wood leaving each ring slightly raised. He then inked the entire top and we started laying various types of paper on top to see which looked best. There was a lot of trial and error but in the end we came up with about eight different prints to choose from. After hanging them up in our garage we stood back critiquing each one, laughing at how we were like the artsy fartsy people you'd see in a gallery!
We both agreed on our favorite and after lots of drying time Tom numbered, signed it and added Isaiah 61:3. " . . . that they might be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified." I love everything about it. The fact that it's from our land, the process of creating, but mostly the scripture. What a wonderful way to preserve history and a great conversation piece!