Well, when you say big it IS big!
Nice woodwork, LB. I guess with some ramification this Olive will be a killer tree!
Difficult to get olives around here, but I am told they are slow growers, is that right?
I first cut a line in the bark for the rough shape to be taken off. Looked at it from the right angle, made some adjustments. Then I used the chainsaw to cut that rought shape off. The rest was a lot of setting a line. Cleaning out. Looking from a distance and continuing.
During the carving I tried to follow the lines in the wood. THat way when it starts to crack, hopefully, the carving lines will coincide with the cracks. And I made some hollows of spots where branches were attached, again taking note of the shapes in the bark and underlying wood to set the shape. Working with ever finer tools.
I am planning on taking way more out though. But first the tree needs to accept this work. I feel that also here, taking away living wood, one should spread it over a few seasons.
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[quote="leatherback" post=50369Then I used the chainsaw to cut that rought shape off.
Working with ever finer tools.
Around here, "chainsaw" means something for cutting a tree or limb a foot or larger in diameter, that is close to half a meter. I was thinking more in terms of chisels and Dremel tools, maybe a power drill to start off.
Does chainsaw mean something two feet or 2/3 meter long? I don't think I could do anything artistic with mine.