Figure 1: This 165 pound twisted Texas juniper trunk sits next to a 36-bow saw. It was no easy task to get it out of the canyon.
Figure 2: The saw marks are visible as stair steps. Large pieces of wood can be removed buy cutting, then splitting off chunks.
Figure 3: A gouge and mallet are used to remove wood.
Figure 4: Holes are cut through to allow for light and separation of the fish from the base.
Figure 5: A Nicholson #50 cabinet makers pattern rasp has been used to smooth out rasp marks and form strong planes and lines. The details are established.
Figure 6: Approximately 145 pounds of wood chips sit beneath the remaining 20 pounds of the tree. The piece is now ready for the final details and sanding.
A closeup of the finished sculpture. Click Here to see “For the Joy of it” in the Other Worlds Gallery with the poem that Chris wrote for this sculpture.