Artsy Tree Stumps
Tree stump art is an art form that has been growing in popularity in recent years. It allows someone to use a tree stump they may have in their backyard to create magnificent carvings or even furniture. No doubt many people have seen a vendor selling these sculptures at local fairs or craft marts. These sculptures are not simple to make, and the layperson may have difficulty even making a stool from an old tree stump, but when done correctly, tree stump art can create beautiful sculptures for inside or outside of the home.
There are a few methods used to create artwork made from tree stumps. The simplest task would involve removing the bark with a hammer and wood chisel and using sandpaper to smooth out the stump. Polyurethane could then be applied to the stump to create a beautiful stump table, stool, or anything else the artist could think of. Furniture is probably the only tree stump art form that a normal person could take on by reading how-to guides on the internet.
Creating actual stump art is far more complicated. Most artists are skilled at carving with chainsaws and can make several kinds of sculptures as long as the sculpture will fit into the tree. The largest portion of sculptures seen for purchase are of animals, which with the tree stump gives a feeling of being at one with nature. Many artists paint their sculptures as well to make them far more realistic. Sculptors often stick with using either cedar or walnut trees, as both are ideal for carving.
Stump art has become so popular that auctions are often held at county fairs for pieces of art that vendors have brought in. Smaller pieces can sell for under $100, but some large sculptures can reach the thousands of dollars range. This is simply due to the uniqueness, beauty, and hard work put into these art forms. The sculptures are often not just a day long project, and the craftsmanship that goes into them warrants the prices offered.
Certain areas have even started entire festivals for tree stump art. Moffat County in Colorado actually has a four day yearly event that takes place centering completely on wood carving. This event features vendors selling their stump art and other wood carvings, and finishes off with a band playing a concert. There are also clubs and organizations for stump art, which attests to the fact that the art form has had a stark increase in popularity.
Stump art has been a rising art form for years. With growing interest in the art, it is likely that this art form will be around for years to come.
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