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Post  marcus watts on Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:54 pm

Hi,
As a change from wiring I had a play about in the garage and made a root stand. The stand was made to measure really for my slanting juniper so I've tried to give it some movement to complement the tree. This is the first one I've ever made, but it won't be the last I think Very Happy







cheers for looking

Marcus

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Post  chris on Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:16 pm

I love it Marcus

Regards Chris

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Post  marcus watts on Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:24 pm

chris wrote:I love it Marcus

Regards Chris

thanks mate, and would you believe you saw all the wood in the boot of my car !! Wink Wink Wink

cheers Marcus


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Post  chris on Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:28 pm

So that is the wood you had for next to nothing at Chelsea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post  marcus watts on Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:09 pm

chris wrote:So that is the wood you had for next to nothing at Chelsea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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haha - yes mate - totally free from Chelsea flower show. ....I did chop up an 80-90yr old oak side table to make the top though Very Happy

cheers Marcus

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Post  Smithy on Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:41 pm

Top class Marcus. Fits with the tree so well.

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Post  Steven on Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:12 pm

Gorgeous, really works with the tree, great work marcus

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Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:53 am

Beautiful Marcus!

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Post  kauaibonsai on Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:29 am

wow is right !!!

good job marcus

best wishes, sam

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Post  Justin_ on Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:59 am

Is this made from different roots that have been spliced together or is it a slice through the bottom of a single tree? I'm guessing it isn't carved from a solid lump like some of the stands here.

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Post  Guest on Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:05 am

Nice Smile

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Post  Andre Beaurain on Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:32 am

That is really beautifull Marcus...is it Grape vine?

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Post  Andre Beaurain on Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:34 am

Oo I wanted to say...shame on you for destroying an antique! unless ofcourse it was really ugly.. Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Post  marcus watts on Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:17 pm

Andre Beaurain wrote:Oo I wanted to say...shame on you for destroying an antique! unless ofcourse it was really ugly.. Laughing Laughing Laughing

hahahahaha - it was a quite ugly old fashioned side table but the old oak was just too tempting.................. Twisted Evil

Thanks everyone,

Yes it is made from 2 south African grape vine stumps - each one had a spread of about 3ft - the stumps were split up, burnt with a blow torch, sand blasted to reveal lots of texture and then screwed together in sections to form the rough shape. I kept adding bits until it was wide enough and the pot balanced . After that the top of the vines were sawn more level and the shape traced onto the oak slab. The top was cut to shape with a jig saw, attached to the vines and carved/smoothed to match the contours. Final step was to level up the bottom section then about 5 coats of laquer.

(the vines are upside down cheers , the 'roots' are vine branches that were carved a bit with lots of burning/sandblasting. I set most pieces alight and got them smouldering to get the nice shapes)

there will be a number 2 stand coming soon, and a carved one from a lower trunk section too.

cheers Marcus

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Post  MikeG on Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:36 pm

I just came across this thread while googling how these stands are made. Awesome job Marcus.
My carpenter brother was browsing some of my bonsai books and mags recently. He liked the trees but his eye really caught the stands. I'm hoping to commission him to make some cheap stands for me. This example will help show him how.

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