Three Trees

 


Three Trees, is a series of small works celebrating three of the oldest living trees on earth. They are created on 800 year old reclaimed NY water tower redwood using hand carving, ink and pyrography techniques. 


Methuselah

6 x 3

2021

Pyrography, ink and hand carving on reclaimed redwood

Methuselah, is an ancient bristlecone pine tree approximately 5,000 years old.


Gran Abuelo

6 x 4

2021

Pyrography, ink and hand carving on reclaimed redwood

Gran Abuelo, is an ancient Patagonian cypress tree approximately 4,000 years old.


President

6 x 4

2021

Pyrography, ink and hand carving on reclaimed redwood

President, is an ancient giant sequoia tree approximately 3,200 years old.


Here's a detail shot of Methuselah. The burn marks extend around the edge of this piece. 


You can see the grey exterior lines that were on the outside of the water tank for almost 100 years. 


More detail shots of the carved surface of the wood. Embellished with India ink.


New York city's skyline is legendary for its skyscrapers, architecture and the water towers on nearly every building over six stories tall. The water towers started to appear in New York city in the 1800's as a way to bring water to upper floors in taller buildings. 

The cedar or redwood tanks were built and installed by barrel makers during that time. Each tank was held together with only steel straps with no adhesive to keep the contents pure. Each tank has a life span of approximately 40 years. These timeless structures are a signature of New York just like central park.

Redwood is a protected wood species now, so I am using 100% reclaimed wood from these old redwood water towers. The trees used back then were more than 800 years old.