Both nearing completion, need finishing.
Both of these were cut from live trees in a powerline right-of-way that gets shredded flat every five years.
Both were stripped of bark with my Buck, then dried in the microwave on defrost, 4 minute zap then cool for about ten minutes. Both needed about 8 zaps to dry out.
Twist is from a fork in a Staghorn Sumac. This tree grows literally like weeds around here. Pretty soft and easy to work with, This one is carved strictly with hand tools. The grain is gorgeous, not sure how well it shows in the pics. I'm hoping maybe a CA finish will seal the colors.
Singe is cut from Black Locust. This stuff is like granite, huge difference from Sumac. Used my angle grinder to get initial shape down the rasped the crap out of it. This particular tree is almost exclusively sap wood in its first years so it is practically bone-white all the way through. Used my mini torch to singe in the burn marks.
I'll be finishing them off soon and I'll post each one.
Thanks for checking them out, can't wait to shoot them.
Front and back shots shown.