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20th of January 2017

20th of January 2017
About a year ago there was heavy snowfall, nearly 70cm in one go. The weight of snow made many trees to bend and to curve. That was the case for a bird cherry growing in the corner of my yard, next to the road. An old bird cherry tends to be more like a thick group of trees, half a dozen of trunks growing from same roots. Well, most of that group was hanging dangerously over the road, so I had to cut down all but one trunk of the bird cherry. At that point I thought to save most of the timber for some future use. Now it came to my mind that I could use those pieces to make a rack for hanging coats. It would've been far more easier to use sawn timber - crooked branches of the bird cherry had no straight lines, no sharp corners. Also, when I had been cutting the tree for storing, I had no idea what kind of pieces I'll need - it is always better if one has some idea already when cutting a felled tree, so that one could prefer such pieces one is going to need. For example, I realized that I had burned all of the smaller branches, although some of them would've been handy for constructing this rack. But I like to sometimes set myself kind of a 'dogma' - to make the entire rack using only the pieces from the bird cherry. Also, I like the wild untamed shapes of crooked timber.
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Cool, that turned out well.

Hehe, all the pieces are fastened with screws. So, if I need to add, remove, or re-arrange something that should be possible. I think this is typical for me - instead of 'finished products' I tend to see many things as 'processes'. In the picture is the current stage of the 'rack-in-process'. It remains to be seen if future use gives rise to new stages of the process =)

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