Dogwood tree - complete

by brae  

I've finished putting on as many leaves and flowers on the dogwood tree as I thought looked good.  I have a bunch left over, which is fine since this tree may need touching up from time to time and I won't have to start the process of making new leaves and flowers from scratch.

The bench is by Phoenix Models.  The "kit" comes with two white metal bench ends that you can paint, and you supply the wood in whatever length you wish.  It's a perfect solution when you need a completely custom size bench.  It's a sturdy little piece once you manage to wrangle all the wood ends into place.

I used some leftover Dura-Craft trim wood for the seat slats and skinny sticks for the back rest, stained with Minwax English Chestnut.  I cut the boards 3.25" in length, so the seat ended up at 3" wide -- a perfect loveseat under a pretty tree.  :D

From the back, the tree looks a little fuller since there are more branches on this side.  I had made it sparse on the front since I planned to have a bench there from the beginning.

It looks fullest from an aerial view (and in person since you can walk around it at the right level).

Overall, I love the way it turned out.  It's full but still allows you to see the building behind you will see in less than a month!  :D


Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
OHMYGOODNESS! This is gorgeous Brae!!! BEAUTIFUL work! LOVE it!!!!
08/04/12 @ 11:45
Comment from: Gail Harmon Cason [Visitor]
This turned out great! Very nice job! Gail
08/04/12 @ 11:46
Comment from: April [Visitor]
My that sure is a lot of flowers! They look lovely together. I ordered that bench kit this spring (not for my SF, for the heritage) along with some addition items from them (one is for the fling) it's nice how it looks done and in color :)
08/04/12 @ 11:51
Comment from: Audrey [Visitor]  
Absolutely stunning! Good job! Love your work :) Audrey aka AudreyGardenLady
08/04/12 @ 13:29
Comment from: rosa [Visitor]
Un trabajo fantástico, transmite paz y tranquilidad, para una escena muy romántica, felicidades:)
08/04/12 @ 15:24
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Love the ariel view, it's amazing what a difference the camera angle makes. The tree looks great :)
08/05/12 @ 03:57
Comment from: Zilda Fonseca [Visitor]
Simplesmente perfeita. Linda. Parabéns, Brae!
08/05/12 @ 06:41
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>
08/05/12 @ 10:49
Comment from: Cris Bottaro [Visitor]
Hello the tree was perfect, the bank is beautiful! A bench under a tree so florida! congratulations and kisses in your heart.
08/05/12 @ 11:23
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
What a beautiful combination! Now all you need is a good book, a cup of tea and a gentle breeze. Sigh.
08/06/12 @ 09:01
Comment from: Moonstorm [Visitor]
Absolutely stunning :)
08/12/12 @ 01:28
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :D
08/22/12 @ 09:09

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