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Tree/Sofa
Tree/Sofa
Tree/Sofa

Tree/Sofa: This tree root/sofa is sycamore. It was growing out of a stream bank at the edge of our land, and a lot of the soil had been washed away exposing some of the beautiful root structure. It was hollow and declining so I decided to give it a new life. I got in the loader bucket and topped the tree as high as I could reach. It was quite exciting being in the stream with a chain saw cutting roots as the loader was pulling it from the top and the bank was slowly collapsing from the weight of the loader. I built a covered structure and kept the root in it for 7 years while I debarked, shaped and sanded it. We hired a crane to lift it over the house and took out a door unit to get it in. I let it dry for a couple more years in the house before doing a final cutting of the bottom to fit it to the floor. We sanded to 600 grit and waxed it. It feels wonderful and kids love climbing to the top. While I can't claim to have "made" it I do feel it is one the best pieces I have ever done.