Space and Materiality Wood: Manufactured vs. Natural , Subtractive Processes

Photos of the raw lumber when it still was a manufactured log. I chose A6 from this selection to work with.

Scans of the unfolded elevation drawings that I did based on the piece I chose. These reflect the grain as well as where the knots are located at the beginning of the process.

The tools that I will use to help create the final piece. On the right the wider gouge was my favorite material because it helped me remove a-lot of material in smaller spaces to connect the different faces of the trunk better and helped me truly understand where I needed to remove more wood to find the forms of the trunk around the knots.

The beginning when I was marking out where the knots are located and understanding where to remove wood to help start shaping the forms of the tree.

Starting to remove material around the branches and around the trunk of the the tree.

The shape of the original tree is now starting to show.

Carving out around the knots.

Found a hidden piece of bark under one of the layers.This part was extremely sappy and unfortunately  I had to remove it to continue with the layer.

Final stages of carving around the branches before I begin work on them.

Using the Japanese knife to cut out the edges of the branches before starting to create their shape with the rasp and file.

The final shaping of each of the branches to create the final form of the tree and contrast against the manufactured part of the lumber.

Sanding to create a smooth and finished form on the wood surface.

Final photos of finished product. I didn’t like the pale finish it had at the end of the process so I decided to use teak oil to help give the wood some more color as well as make different accents pop and stand out.

Videos that show the final project from different angles. I have one in color and one in black and white because I liked the tones created by the light on the wood.

Axonometric Drawings of the final project. I use a mix of axonometric, perspective and isometric drawing to create an interesting look for the drawings. This makes them very interesting as you look at them from top to bottom.


Everyones work reassembled together back into the original form as one. You can clearly see the connections between each of the trunks and understand how it came from one tree.

Photos of my purple hands after rigorously rasp and filing.

Photos of my thumb bandaged up after accidentally chiseling into it.

Final photo of my project after the review with the drawings behind the piece.


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