When we last left our squatty hero, he was hanging out on our sunny yet covered front porch, drying out.
Well, now he’s shed his winter coat and is letting it all hang out. It’s hot out there, people!
Taylor attacked this one afternoon while I was out running errands, so I don’t have any action shots. But, because the stump had been drying for about three months (partly due to laziness, partly due to it being sticky for a really long time), it only took him about 15 minutes to get the bark off. Most of it peeled off in big sheets, but around the limbs and knots he used a chisel and a hammer to loosen it, and then pulled it back.
I’m really digging the broader side at the top (which is upside down from the first picture), provided we can sand down some of the more craggy limbs.
Next up: giving it a good once over with the belt sander. And possibly painting the top with enamel paint, a’la Martha.
But maybe not. I like the natural wood top too.
And, let’s not ignore the other success story of the summer: Mr. Fern!
I’ve watered this thing like, twice.
Be sure to come back later this week—I have a BIG (well, slightly bigger than a breadbox) surprise for you!