Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Goddess Tree

It all started with a tree………I call her the Goddess Tree.


A few years back………

It was a lovely day at the cabin, but it was time to hit the trail before daylight faded to night. Heading down the trail on the snow machines, we were enjoying the spectacular mountains, which seemed to enfold and warm us in their majestic beauty. As we made our way around a curve in the trail, there she was. Arms reaching to the heavens, as if she was praying. A tree, dead and rotting by all standards, but the moment I saw her, I knew I needed to put her in a special place, where she would have new life. I know many people don't approve of moving a tree from it’s natural habitat, but this tree was rotten at the base, and would have succumbed to the elements soon, most likely breaking the limbs, which are so perfectly shaped. I’m happy to be giving this tree a new life. She’s been at the cabin since last year, and I’ve been making plans for her since she arrived.

After searching far and wide, Warren and I found the perfect burl to create the goddess tree head. I got my tools out and started chiseling with the hand and dremel tool, creating a very primitive face for her.

Now, to attach this to the tree………….. Craig and Warren drilled a hole to attach an all thread into the tree. Next, the same thing was done with the burl……….. And voila! The goddess has a head! Now, for the fun part!

When our cabin was delivered, all the logs were bundled with metal strapping. Confident that I could think of something fun to do with this, I decided to keep it at the cabin. I’m glad I did, as this turned out to be the perfect material for goddess hair. Of course, Warren thinks I’ve really lost it at this stage of the goddess tree saga, but I had a plan, and no one was going to stop me……………

I drilled holes into the metal strapping, and using a piece of copper tubing, I wrapped the strapping to give it some curl. I then screwed the strapping into the burl.

As I find the proper elements, I will add them to the tree. Another work in progress has taken hold at the Dobson cabin.....but for now.......she's enjoying her new digs.............






8 comments:

roxanestoner said...

She is home at last. You saved her from a grim end and she looks so happy. What a great inspiration you had. Bravo Nancy! Another success.

Karen Stiehl Osborn said...

She is a phenomenal goddess --- such a beautiful guardian to watch over the land and inspire the artist who lives there!

Nanc said...

Thanks, Roxane! When are you going to come to the cabin to see her???

Nanc said...

Thank you, Karen! I am having so much fun with this project, and I do feel that she is watching over the land!

Deb H said...

She's great! It's the kind of thing I'd do! You're not at all crazy, just creative!

I might have something that would make good earrings, hmmmm...

Nanc said...

Thanks, Deb. Earrings, eh? That might be kind of fun!

Tyson said...

Nancy,
After seeing your work on the goddess I don't see what is keeping you from building a nice timberframe studio. Just think of the endless creativity that could be incorporated into it....

Nanc said...

Ooh.....Tyson.......Now there's a great idea! I'll have to mention that to Warren! Great meeting you and your family at the opening. Thanks for coming!