Skip to main content

our tree

I grew up in the same house, my entire childhood and never moved until I was married.  At that house, there was a tree in our front yard that was huge.  It was where we attempted to climb, where our swing would hang and where we had found a family of baby blue birds a handful of times.  It had been there for years and over time, it started to look worse and worse with time.  For some reason the trunk started to rot years ago and after several years, my parents decided that it was best to have the tree taken down.

My parents had talked about having this tree come down for about 3 or so years before it actually hit the ground and was down.  That was in May of this year.  While those conversations about the tree coming down happened, I couldn't help but think about how we could preserve a piece of this tree for each of us. 

I knew it needed to be something small, but just something that we could all have to remember that tree.

Meet Karen.

She's my used-to-be-my-boss at my current job, but also a friend.

I think I had talked to her about this tree and how we wanted to have something made out of it.  Her husband is a jack-of-all-trades, but one heck of a wood worker.  He has done it for years and makes it look so easy.  So, after a few conversations and a few stops at my parents house, Chuck (Karen's husband) decided that he could potentially help us with our "preserving the tree" project.

So far, so good.

When the tree was cut, Chuck had given my family specific measurements for what he would need for this project.  Later in the week, he picked up the logs and took them back to his shop. 

After Coen was born, we were settled in and their grandson was born, we finally scheduled a dinner date with them to visit with them, have them meet Coen and see the tree project.

As you can see, they are already taking shape very nicely. 

We asked him to try and make about 5 bowls from the wood he collected so that we could potentially have everyone in my immediate family receive a bowl.  The bowls won't be very big.  Maybe the size of a salad bowl or maybe something that we could hold jewelry in or change from your pocket.  It doesn't matter really.  Just big enough for us to remember and potentially use.

A memory, if nothing else.

Chuck was actually able to create 7 bowls but because of the rotting in the tree, he's not sure how every bowl will turn out, but he's going to try and turn them all.

As you can see in these pictures, some of the bowls have darker spots than others.  While those look really cool, it could mean that when he goes to turn them, that part might fall out and/or crack the bowl.  It's sort of a waiting game to see how it all works out.

From the moment he cuts and does the first round of turning the bowls to completion, this timeline is about a year.  It takes a long time for the wood to dry out and complete the project, but we're patiently waiting.  It will be so neat to have this project completed and in our hands.

In just a few more months, he'll put each bowl on this machine and turn them to start the finishing process.  He was showing us how it looks when he goes to do this step since we were there, but it won't actually happen for the rest of them until that year mark has hit.

Meet Chuck.

While we were there watching him show us the process, he was explaining how he went to school to be a  woodshop teacher, but mainly kept up the hobby because he loved it so much.  He's made some beautiful cutting board, bowls, cabitnets, wood framing and various wood projects that would just blow your mind.

Once this project is complete, the bowls will have a very thin edge and they will be buffed and beautiful.  I cannot wait to see how it turns out and also to see how many bowls actually make it through the process.  So far, they look awesome!

Stay tuned to see how it all works out.


Jamie said…
That is SO, SO cool! Awesome idea!
emily said…
such a cool idea! i wish i would have thought about something like that when my parents had a giant tree cut down from their yard.
Sassytimes said…
Wow! So very cool and such talent!
abkdesign said…
Totally cool! Awesome idea!!!
Whitney said…
Flippin' amazing! Can't believe you have to wait a whole year to see if the wood will work! Really incredible idea, though. Your family is so lucky they've got you thinking for them. :)

Popular posts from this blog

that nightmare

Time is passing and permanent/next step decisions AREN'T being made about where our marriage is going.

Not because of anything other than HOPE....

Hope that these changes are real.  I can't deal with an act anymore.  I'm done with those fake attempts.  It just won't work for me.  I can't.

Hope that he really wants to change.  Because he's the only one that can make that decision for himself and not anyone else.

Hope that a new normal is really a possible option.  And not just a glimmer of something that will eventually be shattered and destroyed.

Hope that we could work through all of this and actually land on our feet.  But he has to want to do those things and my guidance won't help him.  He's got to want to do them on his own.  I can't help or ask or guide.  He has to do it.  Alone and with the help of God.

Hope that the narcissistic behaviors are being dealt with in positive ways and won't resurface.  With the help of prayer, guidance from h…

my little model...

There is a blog that I follow of a photographer that I saw at the Delaware County Fair. Her studio is near my home town and her pictures are very vibrant. I enjoy looking at different aspects of photography and I like seeing how didn’t people capture pictures and scenes… I guess you could say I’m envious.

While following her blog, I saw a post that stated Calling All Furry Friends and immediately responded. I have always wanted to have Toby get professional pictures done but I just fear that I wouldn’t pick the right person to capture his personality.

Anyway, as you can read in the link above, there were a handful of photographers at Megan Morgan’s studio and they were all going to be there just to take furry friends pictures.

Of the people that were there two have uploaded their pictures and Toby is in them!

First, Megan Morgan’s blog: Weekend Workshop

Then, Holly McCaig’s blog: Dogs Everywhere

They all captured some great pictures and I can’t wait to get my hands on them so that I …

Starting here..

I know that I haven't really updated this in a long while. I apologize. In the moments it was hard enough to survive, let alone write about it or find time to write about it.

With that said, I've told people over and over again that I'm going to write again, just not sure where to start.
So, today, I'm starting here.
My mom is terminal.  
Words that I cannot believe have to leave my mouth or my fingers.
She's been battling Ovarian Cancer for well over 10 years and this last year or 8 months+ have been just the worst.  Her body is being consumed by cancer and with every day that passes we are just another closer to losing her.
She's fought this whole time and continues to beat the odds that the doctors have placed before her. She's set goals and surpassed them and when the doctors say something, it's like she mentally tells herself that it's just NOT going to happen and she flies by those measurable items.
She's been a rock star and I have known …