Recent studies have shown that contrary to popular belief, wood does indeed grow on trees, and not in sawmills, home centers or cheap furniture stores. Researchers suggested that you can even work with wood straight from a tree!
The Challenge Tree
Enter the Challenge Tree. Basically, it is a ploy to get your creative juices flowing. The main condition is that there needs to be bark on the piece when you start, although you can remove it in the process. So take any piece of trunk, branch or twig (just do not vandalize a tree), and bring out its inner beauty. You can use any means necessary to get it ready for the CNC - screw it to a backer board (make sure not to hit the screws) or resaw it into boards. And then unleash your machine and your creativity on it.
How to enter
Post the results along with your Easel file so others can share your inspiration. To be eligible for the prizes you need to create a video about your project of less than 10 minutes and upload it to YouTube. Then send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Challenge Tree playlist. The contest is open until April 15th. After that, the prizes, including a $50 gift certificate from Inventables, will be randomly awarded to those who participated!
- The (main) piece you use must have bark on.
- You have to be able to lift the piece yourself.
- Create a video (10 minutes max.) and upload it to YouTube.
- Send the link to your video to email@example.com
- Remember to be Inspired!
If you want to know what you can win, head over to www.dominicswoodworks.com. The prizes are listed in the first post!
The idea of the Challenge Tree (which enters its third year actually) is to inspire. To inspire you to go into your shop, to get a shop, or to make something wherever you can. Trees are pretty much commonplace, and they are being cut down regularly because they get in the way. Even pruning the garden can yield actionable wood in troves - for an example (and a psychedelic viewing experience) check out this wand.
Using traditional tools is fine, but I believe that we have yet to explore the potential of "modern" tools like the CNC, and I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
And Remember to be Inspired!