Monday, July 14, 2014

Hidden Beauty

We’ve all seen it. After a large storm large limbs from fallen trees are cut and left on the curb. Ever wonder about what happens to all that wood?


If you are lucky, your city has a service that turns it into mulch or some guy comes by and takes the wood to burn in his fireplace. Sadly, some of it ends up in a land fill. Most people probably don’t even give it a second thought; they don’t realize the potential beauty hidden in those limbs. 


I'm constantly scouting around when there are fallen limbs for pieces I can use. I check Craigslist and Facebook to see if people are asking for someone to come and take the wood away. Just this week a friend had a Bradford Pear tree fall, so I helped cut the limbs and took away what I could haul. Almost all the wood I use to make wands is acquired this way. It's better for the environment that it's kept out of land fills or burnt.


I'd like to share with you what some of the wood I work with looks like before it becomes a wand, crochet hook, or bookmark.


Black Walnut straight off the table saw.


A lovely piece of Honey Locust.
With its variegated grain, it will soon be a bookmark.


Here you can see the lovely yellow color and grain
of fresh Mulberry.


Here is a lovely color shift of chocolate brown to tan
of a piece of Black Walnut.


Showing the red and white grain of Red Juniper


Pointing out the heavy grain in the piece of Redbud,
which is a lovely yellow-brown.


Beautiful tiger striping of a piece of Honey Locust.


Osage Orange has a very attractive golden color
with darkening almost to purple.

These are just a sampling of the woods I use and the beauty hidden under their bark.


GipsonWands is a regular contributor to our blog. He creates handmade wood magic wands, solid wood crochet hooks, bookmarks, art cards and more. Check out his shop on Storenvy, and connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

http://gipsonwands.storenvy.com

1 comment:

  1. The Siberian elm is not pretty - or nice smelling - but you can have any of it you want. We're considering making a small table. Though we don't know how.

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