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sgtbob Posted - 06/14/2017 : 2:10:19 PM
Here are the starting addresses of volumes 1, 2, and 3

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BurleyJim Posted - 02/27/2020 : 4:53:37 PM

That sir, is very slick!

Ensign Posted - 02/27/2020 : 4:50:48 PM
Bob, looks like you've been really branching out there, with excellent results
I love the look of the single small branches.

Greg Shinnie
sgtbob Posted - 02/27/2020 : 3:22:20 PM
Mike, Bruce, Jerry,and Philip, thanks for your comments.

Here's the first coat of brown. I see that I made a mistake and picked up the rattle can
of brown GLOSS!! No matter, I wanted two heavy coats anyway

Here it is painted with RUST-OLEUM CAMOUFLAGE dark brown. I can see a similar Maple tree
right outside my window sitting here at the computer and that paint looks right on.

BTW the tree can still be reshaped and trimmed all you want.

Philip Posted - 02/27/2020 : 10:39:05 AM
Sure is! Thanks for sharing!

TRAINS1941 Posted - 02/27/2020 : 10:16:24 AM
That is really cool. Nice looking tree.
Dutchman Posted - 02/27/2020 : 09:27:54 AM
Wow, Bob. You can really see the tree arising from that mass of wire.

Michael Hohn Posted - 02/27/2020 : 07:55:47 AM
Your tree is taking shape quite nicely, Bob. Very realistic.

sgtbob Posted - 02/27/2020 : 05:56:18 AM
Greg, Bill, and Frank, thanks for your comments.

I finally got all branches down to one wire. It is still easy to trim and shape the tree
and Bill, it is a maple like one I can see from this window.

I want to get a couple of heavy coats of paint on it and then start the detailing. If
you remember back when I started this I want to portray a tree that did not shed all it's
leaves before the snow and the weight of snow will be pulling one branch down.

I remember a few years ago when we had a wet snow when most of the trees had most of their
leaves still attached. The weight of the snow caught by the leaves broke many branches
loose from the trees and it also brought down many whole trees and power lines.

Now to the paint shop.


Frank Palmer Posted - 02/26/2020 : 2:24:54 PM

Cool project.
Bill Gill Posted - 02/26/2020 : 11:32:32 AM
Bob, I love "pies" what kind are you separating into, maple-walnut? :))
Ensign Posted - 02/26/2020 : 10:51:58 AM
Bob, it's already starting to look treemendous!

Greg Shinnie
sgtbob Posted - 02/26/2020 : 10:21:50 AM
No photo this morning, I just keep pulling bundles of wire, separating them into two pies,
and so on until I end up with a single wire. Then start all over again with a new bundle.
This will continue until the whole pile of wires has been divided over and over again and all
bundles end in single wires. Takes a bit of time but I do think it is starting to look like a tree.

sgtbob Posted - 02/25/2020 : 05:52:27 AM
Dave, Greg, and Fred, thanks for your comments.

the next job was to separate the main branches. No attempt was made to keep them
even, just pull a hunk and twist it to keep it separate. At that point, even twisted,
they were wiggly and I needed to make them more firm. I applied more epoxy putty and
roughened the surface and as that hardened the whole tree became quite firm..

Terrell Posted - 02/24/2020 : 2:48:41 PM
Ensign Posted - 02/24/2020 : 10:49:25 AM
Bob, it appears you have the makings of a wiry old tree in the works.

Greg Shinnie

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