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WHAT IS NATURE ON ROCKS?
Hi there…..my name’s David……..I design & create real-life looking miniature New England oak trees with strands of wire….. I create these little buggers with other scenes like stone walls, stairways, walkways, bridges, wells……..some are just simple and plain….a tree on rock….and some are pretty intricate. I also combine driftwood and beach glass into some of my miniature landscapes.………..read on below.
I call it NATURE ON ROCKS.
OK.. Nature On Rocks. Why fake trees and not real?
Real living trees growing on a rock? Well uh….nope….. I tried it with bonsai trees………didn’t work out too well……I killed them all……a very expensive lesson. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE living bonsai trees….probably the most beautiful trees in the world and I learned SO much from them….. It’s just that real bonsai trees do not survive indoors….and the mortality rate with bonsai trees is over 90% in the average home/dwelling…….they need constant fresh air and very special growing conditions that I failed to provide…..and they ALL died……very disappointed and crushed….…So BAM!!!! THAT is when and where my love and passion for trees went wild in direction I never thought of doing. “I’ll go ahead and make fake bonsai trees……but extremely real looking….super durable……ya that’s it….” So it took me some years of experimenting with the right paints, wire, rocks, glues, epoxy with other homemade methods I came up with to get everything just right…… So I created these 100% maintenance free artificial bonsai tree miniature landscapes on rocks…….. Put them anywhere!
One of my influences: Bob Ross.
NATURE ON ROCKS
About me, the Artist….
Nice to meet you. I’m David……….I have a passion for trees…….tree-watching I guess you could say…… Love trees that are windswept, twisted, bent…you know…..shaped by the elements…… there’s just so much beauty in trees.
Cemeteries have some of the biggest best old trees I’ve ever seen……I get a lot of inspiration from trees at really old local graveyards…..and shape my trees somewhat like them….
Yup….I’m also a sunset chaser…… I’m a total sucker for sunsets….love sunsets…. I really do think nothing of jumping in my car, racing down to a special spot and taking pictures of a sunset….. I just have thirst for nature that can never be quenched….
Check out the jet flying thru a rainbow below…… I took this back in June 2013 after a good thunderstorm.. Yup, you got it….I’m also a lover of thunderstorms….
Just about everything I use to make these miniature landscapes I harvest here locally from the wild where I used to go bird watching as a little kid… Some good bottle digging in there too! I scored some nice cobalt blue circa early 1900 bottles down there…. Nope, not tellin where.
Nature On Rocks
PRICE – Price range is $25 to $145.
Part of my workbench below…
Below – Took this at Walden Pond back in 2009. Sunset.
Look at the feet on this ol’ buzzard below….
- “I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.”
- “No one is perfect until you fall in love with them.”
- “When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.”
- “I’ve learned…. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”
- “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
- “Why make a life that you need to vacation from? If you’re constantly saving up so you can vacation from your life because you hate it so much, then what are you doing?”
- “Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don’t want..to impress people that they don’t like.”
- “Be happy with the little that you have. There are people with nothing who still manage to smile.”
- “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time”. ~Mark Twain
- “Hanging on to resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.”
- Those who judge will never understand, and those who understand will never judge.
- “There are no foreign lands, it is the traveler only who is foreign”~Robert Louis Stevenson.
- “What is a camp without a campfire?…no camp at all, but a chilly place in the landscape, where some people happen to have some things”. ~Ernest Thompson Seton
- “Keep your perspective. Remember you are just a custodian. Unless you’re buried with them or break them someone else will own them a hundred years from now”.
- “I opened two gifts this morning. They were my eyes.”
- “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.”
- “You need a little dark in your life so you know when the good stuff happens. That’s what makes it all worth while….”- Bob Ross.
- “If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies how very different our ideals of beauty would be.”
- “They laugh at me because I’m different, I laugh at them because they’re all the same.”
- “The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.”
- “You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.” — Julia Roberts.
- “Many people are so poor because the only thing they have is money”
- “There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.”
MY FAVORITE TREE:
Eastern Hop Hornbeam
The Eastern Hop Hornbeam (a.k.a. Ironwood / Muscle Wood). There’s nothing like it in the world… VERY hard to find here in New England….it’s an extremely slow growing hardwood……I’ve only found them growing in the higher elevations of Vermont….grows in very poor soil, lives in the darkest part of the shaded woods…..immune to insects & diseases and grows to a max height of 40 feet. A 20 foot tree can be 100 years old.
The trunk and branches of the Hop Hornbeam have the appearance of rippled flexed biceps and leg muscles (hence the name “muscle wood”). This tree is so dense that wood has a naturally smoothed polished texture when it’s split open….
I have such a respect for this tree……and it all started when I discovered my first Hornbeam tree in northern Vermont many years ago…….so I climbed up to the top of with my hand saw……took off the very branch that I had been eye balling from the ground…..I ended up falling out of the tree (fortunately just bruised and bloody)….. So I brought the super heavy log branch back to my dorm room and carved it into a baseball bat using nothing but my 3″ Puma lock blade knife…..took me a total of 3 weeks to carve….countless knife sharpenings, blisters, bloody calluses….. “Dave you’re nuts….put it on a lathe and turn it”….. Nope… I wanted to get to know this wood, and I’ll be damned did I ever… Harder than Oak, denser than Maple, smoother than Mahogany, and smells nicer than apple…..and that’s my favorite part is the smell of the wood…..a sweet, almost smokey smell…… can’t put it in words. Man what a tree….