Tir Coed One Tree Project
At the end of March (2013) local artists and crafts people were asked to attend the Woodland Fair at Tyllwyd, near Aberystwyth, where a sweet chestnut tree was to be felled as part of the woodland management. The idea was for everyone to take a piece of the tree, make something with it and then come to the open day in July to show what they had made.
This is what I came up with, initially I had the idea of starting with the shape of the branch and gradually squaring it up for no other reason than it might look quite interesting. However as I was doing that it occurred to me that the squaring could be thought of as a manipulation and would lend itself to the idea of genetic modification. I developed that theme and ended up with this. It is one of those things that you could go on exploring forever but I decided to call it a day at this stage. It is just a comment on genetic engineering and is not intended to promote any particular view.
Most of the work was done initially with a draw knife and spokeshave and then I used an Arbortech wheel fitted to a 41/2Ē angle grinder to create the square parts. I also used chisels and gouges and quite a lot of sandpaper!