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Left C 01-29-2009 07:22 AM

Manzanita Stump Question
 
I have a Manzanita stump that is really nice, but the tips of the branches are cut off. This gives the stump an unnatural look.

How can I make the tips of the branches look more natural?

I only have a few ideas.
- break the tips off so that they will not appear to be trimmed or use a knife to trim the tip some
- have the moss, ferns, Anubias, etc. cover the tips. (This reminds me of a Poodle's hair cut. :icon_lol: )
- plant the branches heavily and cover the tips

Here is what it looks like. You can see the trimmed tips of its branches.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...nitaStump1.jpg

katiej 01-29-2009 07:25 AM

I'd probably plant some and carve others to a more natural looking point. That's one nice piece of wood. I'm jealous.

PinoyBoy 01-29-2009 07:28 AM

rip the tips of like how some bonsai trees have that dead looking trunk.
make it look like something was biting and gnawing on it. well thats what i think.
nice wood.

jinx© 01-29-2009 01:10 PM

On square saw cuts I usually just whittle the ends to taper them some, followed by a little sandpaper. A lot of times when I gather manzanita I'll just snap off the pieces I don't want/need and it leaves a pretty natural look that only needs a little sanding to remove any excessively sharp jags.

Great looking piece btw.

NanoDan 01-31-2009 05:18 PM

manzanita wood
 
Hi Jinxs, (lol pun intended) I live in Sac too where can I collect manzanita wood? I know it grows near here but some idea of a specific spot to collect would be very helpful.

cah925 01-31-2009 06:11 PM

I've had a few pieces in the past that I just broke the tips off to create a more natural look. As Jinx said, just sand the edges a little to remove the sharp jags.


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