Tree rings


No dog drawings today. Instead, I set about transferring and starting cuts on the tree ring portion of what will become my submission to the Rot Project. Growth rings are not the easiest to cut and I’m not even certain I like where it’s currently heading, but time will tell. The conifer tree I referenced was only about 50 years old. Rather young in comparison to the trees I saw last weekend.  We had it cut down a year ago due to major ice/snow damage. I’m still waiting for someone to take the rounds away! Since it’s been sitting and weathering, lots of cracks have formed which make it somewhat easier to keep the cut rings together (or so I hope!). The tree experienced lots of early growth that was too impossible to cut, so I jumped out a bit in it’s time line. The completed growth ring piece will measure 8.75″ x 12″ (22.25cm x 30.5cm). You can assume from the dimension that I won’t be creating the full tree round, only a portion.

Along with tree rings, I’ve started the working sketches for mycorrhizal fungi, another tedious cut opportunity. Loads of mistake potential available for that piece too! Nothing like lots and lots of skinny skinny lines!

Have a great weekend and hopefully I’ll get this all cut before Monday!


Published by paperstew

I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

5 thoughts on “Tree rings

    1. It’s slowly emerging. I’ve had one accidental cut through, but I don’t think it will make much difference in the overall work. Once it is fully cut, colored and mounted, it won’t be noticed.

    1. If something is easy, then I’m less inclined to do it. There always has to be a challenge to satisfy my brain. 🙂

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