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Old 02-09-2009, 02:37 PM   #1
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I was doing some wandering on the internet and found that there are some dedicated people who have adopted a name for this art-form . Stoloniferous started that thread on living willow scultures at;

Living Willow Structures

From what I am reading that is but one way these practicioners do what they call arborsculpture . One who aparently is highly regarded on the subject , a Richard Reames has a site ;

http://www.arborsmith.com/

He has also written two books on the subject , offers classes and has done a youtube on the practice of arbor scupture ;


A few other sites of those who speak of/on and examples of arborsculpture ;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arborsculpture

http://www.arborsculpture.blogspot.com/


http://images.google.com/images?q=ar...num=4&ct=title

http://homebuilding.thefuntimesguide...ee_shaping.php

http://www.designboom.com/eng/education/trees.html

http://www.stumbleupon.com/tag/arborsculpture/


Growing jewelry ?

http://hafsteinnjuliusson.com/index....owing-jewelry/


Equil , where you posted a pic at ;

Interesting Birch Tree

maybe a doctored pic but perhaps with the guidance of a few of these sites something similar could be done in reality . Why don't you start one ? It should only take you 15 to 20 years to see it done .


Some arborsculpture furniture on ebay right now ;

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=370147064472

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=370147064520

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=370147064363


As for me personally , I think I will wait for a set of matching table and chairs .

Stoloniferous , some of the above links or links within those should answer some of your questions in how to go about this . I hope you are not moving anytime soon .
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Woooot! Thanks for all the good reading Lonediver!

LOL at the growing jewelry! I went to the Rhode Island School of Design, and that's exactly the sort of (silly) thing that the jewelry students were always coming up with. (Because making jewelry that people would actually wear was too mundane to impress the teachers.)
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:56 PM   #3
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Another "How to " , DIY site on arborsculpture for you all ;

http://www.plantware.org/

If you all did not get all the URL's from the youtube in my first post , here they are in order ;

http://www.treedome.com/

http://www.lebendlaube.de/

http://www.sanftestrukturen.de/

http://www.geocities.com/aharonaveh22/index.htm

http://www.pooktre.com/

http://www.grown-furniture.co.uk/


If one takes the time to explore the links in my first post and the links contained within those and all the above , I predict you will be occupied and out of ( maybe going to get into ) trouble .

Now that's a lot of homework on my part , your peoples turn . Lets see what you all come up with .
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How on earth did you get that you tube video to display like that?
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How on earth did you get that you tube video to display like that?
If you are asking as to how it came out on the page , I am not sure . All I thought I was doing was copying and then pasting the URL and then when I posted that is what came up .
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It is by design You Tube videos appear as they do. Saves our members time.
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Ouch, you got me back ten fold. Guess I'll have to hang out here for a while to see what good stuff you found this time.
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Ouch, you got me back ten fold.
(Chuckling to myself ) I am sure you will dish out something to me in the future as payback .


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Guess I'll have to hang out here for a while to see what good stuff you found this time.
A little more for you ;


http://www.associatedcontent.com/subject/article/arborsculpture


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jspjfu0lBos&feature=related

It seems that ficus has some unique properties that lends itself to this craft .
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I would LOVE to try this. Here are my comments:
Love the photo of the chair from 1919 at the Arborsmith Studios site. I bookmarked that site. The peace sign had to be grafted. I'm not sold on running a spigot through any of my trees. The photo of the Peter Cook chair at wikipedia was easier to get a good look at than in the video. I don't care for the bicycle through the tree at the blog, it looked incredibly unnatural. They also had cable through a tree. I don't understand why they would do that. It doesn't strike me as being artistic. Perhaps they did it because they could> don't know. The tree turned paper towel holder was fun. I've been to Okinawa and have seen barley twist shelters like the one at the google image search. Wouldn't this be fun for kids>
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20060116/gallery/treehouse2_zoom.jpg That's along the lines of Stoloniferous' willow playhouse. The pleaching technique> http://danladd.com/ is what I don't care for. That was from a link within the funtimesguide. Which species was used for Reames' grow a chair? The growing jewelry was a first. Remember when kids used to have bean seeds sprouting while hanging around their necks on a chain? This brings wearing live plants to a new level. I did think that birch photo I was sent was doctored but maybe not? Have any of the ecoarts sold at eBay for those prices? Panorama photos from Germany were wild. I liked the tree that looked like a ladder. This is my favorite from your lendenlaube link> http://www.lebendlaube.de/pageID_3391654.html I wouldn't mind having that or the arbor here> http://www.sanftestrukturen.de/ Some of these reminded me of a movie set for Tim Burton. They shouldn't be twisting and contorting trees like that> we need to slap their hands especially for that tree in the second photo down on the left > http://www.geocities.com/aharonaveh22/index.htm. Is there such a thing as a tree sadist? Out of every link you added, I liked the Pooktree Tree Shapers site the best. That's art to me. The blow by blow visuals on how to create the stools helped me see how they created them.

I'm ready, I'll try one of something. Pick something easy. Let's do it together and compare notes.
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You were typing while I was looking up all your links.

Poplar, Ash, and Cherry are the trees of choice. Ash might be the best choice since they're all doomed anyway. Stoloniferous is going to like the grow a playground video.
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