ZigZag Wood Relief
The sculptural ZigZag pieces are made both as wall reliefs and as free standing object.
Some of the ZigZag pieces contain little holes. The holes are made by larvae, which are very much part of the whole process of staining the wood so beautifully.
Creating the ZigZag's
A little story told in pictures. . .
With my chainsaw, Harvesting dead trees in the forrest.
After having found the perfect piece of Ponderosa pine, this is how I start a Zigzag piece. With an axe working my way in to a square piece of wood.
With my japanese precision saw I start the first cuts.
The heartwood in the middle has a nice pinkish colour while the sapwood has a darker blue gray tone. This blue gray colour comes from blue stain fungus. It's really beautiful and will not decay, now that I have taken it out of the rain to dry properly. Sometimes I am lucky to find the wood at the stage when it has exactly this colour. Not too much and not too little.
After having shaped the wood into a ZigZag relief - by cutting from both sides, and sanding it smooth and nice - I let it absorb linseed oil. That brings out the contrasts of the colors and it also helps it not dry too fast. Depending how wet the wood is, I may wrap it in a plastic bag for a while, to prevent cracking.