The Process

finally-028finally-050 I start off having a good selection of driftwood and stone close by my station where I will do my placement. Searching for a suitable piece to serve as a border for the sides and top. the thickness and width should be similar but not precise as these are rustic forms of art. the wood logs are then cut very carefully in half using a table saw and a sled to guide the wood. This is a very dangerous operation and I wouldn’t recommend anyone simply trying this at home. The knots in the wood can buck and travel at high speeds resulting in injury or worse.

Once the branches or driftwood is split evenly and flat, they are mitered and fit to form the frame. On some of the Aspen and smoother wood, I sand out the gray to the original color and use a palm sander with 60 grit and finish with 220 grit. I use a high strength glue to bond the wood to the backing and clamp it overnight. They are almost impossible to separate once the bond has set and glue has cured. Then comes the tricky part.

If you have a keen eye, you can spot certain angles and features that will fit nicely and look amazing together on the board. Using a host of different natural elements, the pieces are placed, bonded and eventually I’ve filled in all the dead spaces.