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Naked Stump

July 26, 2011
by thenestinggame

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.

Who knows.

Be sure to come back later this week—I have a BIG (well, slightly bigger than a breadbox) surprise for you!

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  1. July 26, 2011 11:10 pm

    Stopped by via YHL and found this cool post. Tough call on the enamel vs. the log itself. For some reason the log without the enamel sort of reminds me of a 70s look, while the enamel makes it more modern-retro.

    • thenestinggame permalink
      July 26, 2011 11:53 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Fred. You do make a good point! It might be one of those “live with it” first kinda things. Just so we know we won’t regret the decision to paint.

  2. Elaine Smart permalink
    July 27, 2011 12:38 pm

    Like the natural wood look.
    Every time I see the log, reminds me of the humongous tree lying in your front yard when you returned home from your wedding trip!
    Have you counted the rings to determine the age of the tree?

  3. August 2, 2011 1:56 pm

    This is so cool! Yall did a great job with this! Do you think you will seal it at all?

    • thenestinggame permalink
      August 2, 2011 2:12 pm

      Not sure yet! We’ll see how it feels after we give it a good sanding. Stay tuned!

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