A long time away..returning with a nautical piece to start

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Hey all, I've been away for quite some time. But figured I'd pop in to share some more work. Yeah it's been close to year, since then I've closed my store and gone completely online. Orders have backed up and it's been difficult to keep up. Another reason you haven't seen any of my posts.

I'm here now and would like to share a project I just finished up.
A 20ft tall Lighthouse carved into a rooted oak tree.

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It started off looking like this...a blank canvas..

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Yep thats me standing there dwarfed by that monster of a tree stump.

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A quick sketch for the customer..

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Client had set up scaffolding for me but it wasn't a solid footing for me. Plus any piece that would've been cut off could come crashing down onto the platform, taking my feet out from underneath me. DANGER! So I had the client rent a bucket lift. Much safer.

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End of day 1...

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Day 2 it started to take shape...

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Details done day 3 but the customer thought there wasn't enough and wanted the bottom half of the tree carved as well.

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Day 4 and almost complete...

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Finished up on day 5 and the result was a very happy customer.

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Here's a before and after.

I'd like to thank you all for seeing what I saw. I'll try to post more often.
Thanks again,
Jon

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Wow, this a fantastic masterpiece! Sincere congratulations and much success in the future as well! You are a great sculptor! Hats off for your wonderful work! It looks very beautiful! All the best, much health, take care, stay safe, many blessings, and great peace your way! Keep up the good work here on HIVE and with your wood sculpting and God bless you! 😊🙏✌️☮️

Hey man! Great to see you stopping by again! Awesome piece as always!

Thank you, I'll try to post more. Lots happened in the last year but it's all working out.

That came out really good. Beautiful work. 🤗

Welcome back, Very nice job. Love the way you used the lean in the tree to make it more dynamic. What kind of finish do you put on the wood to preserve it?

Thank you, yeah the stump was shaped like a banana, so to have it look straight/plumb I had to stop it mid-way or make it thinner to go all the way down.
For varnish, the customer will be using a water based deck sealer with uv protection and some borate rods at the base.

Wow ! That is amazing.

I loved seeing the photos of it as it progressed.

Amazing work you got there! Keep up the good work!

Thank you, I am happy to share

I love seeing your process here, @jonatftforest - thank you for sharing it all - and the piece looks magnificent! :-)

Thank you so much, I have lots to share...more to come