re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

#73 Wood carving: Cotton wood bark church with a “tree.”

Bark church with “tree”

I still like carving cotton wood bark.  It is always a joy to see what appears from underneath the gray skin.  It is also a great challenge to see how much of the original outer bark can be preserved and make something out of the rest of the piece.

The little church in the pine forest.

The intent for the piece had been to put in the church and then create a tree long the right side.  I completed the church first, in case I broke too much of the door or too much on the windows I wouldn’t have “wasted time on the tree.  After having finished the church I began setting in the tree.  But as you can see, the tree is as finished as it will get.  Once the top of the tree was put in place and the outside edge cleaned I stepped back and noticed how the gray bark reminded me of pine trees seen in the moonlight or semi-dark of a north Wisconsin forest.  So, the tree was “finished.”  I like the effect.

Good view of front door and side bench.

I like how the details on this carving stand out.  The block of the walls add some nice high-lights. Their size also seems to work well with the over-all piece.  The bench is eye-catching.  The shape invites one to come aside for a time and rest a while.  The stairs came out rather nicely, given the struggle to work around the crack along the right side of the platform.

Happily this piece is sold.  If you would like one like it, please do contact me here.  I have several more churches in stock, some simpler and some much more complex.  See post #66.  Thanks for looking.

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,  but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”  Proverbs 18:24


5 responses

  1. Steven LoCoco

    I also like the the stairs and the bench it make you feel right at home.

    May 11, 2011 at 6:50 am

  2. susan

    Mr. K,

    Awesome work! Beautiful – how tall is it?

    May 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

  3. Yeah, Steve. Those do make it look comfy. A good place to invite someone to sit a while and talk about the real meaning of life, the hope we have in Jesus.

    May 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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    February 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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