This ornamental wood sculpture began from a piece of forest debris from logging operations performed decades earlier, and is one of the primary roots from a very old Incense Cedar tree. I found it partly exposed, but mostly buried in the duff on the forest floor, after a few deep cuts with my hatchet I knew it needed to come home with me because there were purple hues were in the wood. Unfortunately, once finished, the purple fades to a brown, and I have never found a way to hold the color.
I knew from the moment I started working on this piece it would be a natural sculpture, only bringing out what was in the wood would be the course of action. Starting out with an axe, I chopped all of the outer layer of rot off of the roots, and then hit it with the chainsaw to just open the preserved wood inside. Once there it was onto different types of sanding operations, and finally six coats of hand rubbed Polyurethane.
Fire got its name naturally, it looks like wood on fire. In the light, Fire has beautiful hues of amber to deep reddish brown, and its shape is that of a rolling fire. Fire is proof that something doesn’t have to be more than it is to be beautiful.