I’ve now spent several hundred hours removing bark and rot from both the inside and outside of the burl. As you can see in the photos, most of the outside has been sanded and a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine applied for protection.
I expect it will take me at least another year, more likely two years to finish this project. When it’s finished there will be no rot left in it, the green wood will be exposed and oiled inside and out. At that time it will be just a large shell no deeper than 4 inches in the thickest place, although it won’t look much different than it does now. At that time it will be preserved well enough to be placed indoors if that is the destination.
Where this piece of wood will end up is still unknown, one idea is to display it at the 2010 winter olympics in Whistler. People from around the world would see what BC is made up of. Since the Canadian flag displays a Maple leaf, it seems to me like a suitable destination.
Judging from the response of the hundreds of people that have come to visit the beast, I know for a fact that this burl is a major people draw.
I picture it with lots of large plants aound it, with a waterfall inside it and funky lighting highlighting certain areas.
Another idea is to have it close to the parliament buildings in Victoria, or down at Granville Island.
The answer will be revealed to me one day, and it’s very possible it’ll be something totally different than what I’m thinking. For now at least, I’ll just keep working on it when I get a chance, and pray it will be ready when the time comes.
My wife Paula and I have met a lot of new good friends because of this burl.When it comes right down to it maybe it’s meant to stay right here in the yard where it sprouted many years ago.
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