by brae  

Since I was back to waiting on the main structure, I cut some firewood for the wood stove and walnut firewood box.  There was an old farmhouse near my parents' place in a local suburb.  I don't think anyone around here appreciates an old white farmhouse like I do.  I suppose there could have been structural issues with this particular one, but I still think it's a shame when a bunch of suburban cookie cutter McMansions take over old, beautifully detailed houses.

Anyway, they did save most of the trees on the lot but cut down the largest of them.  I was horrified when they did it.  Again, the usual thing around here is to cut down every old tree, build a house then plant new tiny trees.  They cut this one down because they failed to take its location into consideration when planning the garage.  I went over there after the damage was done and grabbed a branch from the ground.

That branch has been waiting for just such a project as the Studio...

I sawed tiny logs from the main branch with a tiny saw.  :D  The branch is quite dry, so I was able to just snap the smaller pieces apart.

I split the larger pieces using a chisel and rubber mallet.  What interesting grain patterns!  It smells good, too.

Some of these pieces will fit under the wood stove (pardon the primer).

I love the textures and colors.

Since the firewood box will hold the battery and switch for the wood stove and I don't want to have to rearrange firewood each time, I made a fake wood stack that can be lifted out of the firewood box.

I added small scraps of walnut 3/4" high to hold the wood stack above the battery and switch (not yet added).

I cut a flat piece of walnut smaller than the opening of the firewood box and set it inside.

I glued a stack of firewood to this new base and the logs to one another until I had a good layout.

I left four logs loose so I can arrange them on top at random.  No one would be the wiser just looking at the firewood box.  :D

Whenever I want to operate the switch, I just lift out the wood stack.  It lifts out without the aid of tweezers, but my big hand blocking the view would have defeated the purpose of a photo.  :D

Here are all the pieces together.

I have more plans for the branch that you'll see later in the build.  A fitting memorial for a beautiful tree in front of a beautiful house, both of which are no more.


Comment from: April [Visitor]
Oh my gosh, that's the coolest switch case ever.
03/18/13 @ 08:03
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]
So Clever!
03/18/13 @ 10:26
Comment from: Mary [Visitor]
Wow, your logs are so realistic and have super details. I look forward to seeing what you do with the rest of that lovely branch.
03/18/13 @ 10:51
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
I know exactly what you mean about tearing down old houses. Hate that. I would save every one I could IF I had lots of money! Love your little logs! They are perfect and now we will all know where they came from and why... Thank you!
03/18/13 @ 12:22
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Wow! You have been so busy!! I hate to see an old tree go, and I'm so happy that you rescued it and have put it to good use. :) Beautiful work!!
03/18/13 @ 12:30
Comment from: liduina [Visitor]
I like the cool blue you have chosen for the hearth; the wooden logs are so warm in contrast. Very nice.
03/18/13 @ 12:30
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much! :>>
03/18/13 @ 16:14
Comment from: Minworks [Visitor]
Hi Brae,Wonderful that you rescued that branch and have been rewarded by such an amazing pattern and texture in the wood. Our whole family nearly wept when a neighbour had their arbutus tree cut down. We arrived home after six weeks away last summer to see the arborist throwing the large logs in the back of the truck. We asked if he intended to use it. To make a long story short we now have a lovely stump we use as a table beside our teak steamer chair on the deck and a large pile of split firewood. We have a gas fire place not a wood- burning fireplace but that did not deter us from rescuing the wood. Regards Janine The Readers Choice best blog has certainly been neck and neck.
03/18/13 @ 19:20
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
I am also very sentimental when it comes to trees. We had an apple tree in the front lawn. Come springtime, it was so beautiful with all the blossoms, I could never get enough of looking at it. I can't tell you how many times a day I would just look out my dining room window to admire it. Well, for no reason that anyone knows of, when the new owner redid the front walk, it was cut down. It now looks so empty on that side of the lawn even though the other side is full of pine trees and other trees. I think it's absolutely beautiful that you have managed to salvage something of that poor tree. Now part of it will always be with you.
03/18/13 @ 19:41
Comment from: brae [Member]
I'm so happy to see there are other tree admirers! :yes:
03/18/13 @ 22:41
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
What a great idea, just perfect.
03/20/13 @ 09:42
Comment from: Danielle [Visitor]
Where did you get that tiny saw!?
03/25/13 @ 10:34
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!! :D The saw came in a set with different cutting blades. You unscrew the collet and insert various blades. You can find these at the hobby store. :yes:
03/27/13 @ 17:07

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