So for one reason or another you have a tree stump sitting dormant in your garden. You have no fireplace where you can safely burn the wood and organising a stump grinder is an added expense. So what can you do to make the stump look more appealing?
How about creating some Chainsaw Art (Ch-art) in the garden? (Shortening words really is the Australian way😉)
This ‘ch-art’ was originally a fig tree however, due to their extensive root system and the fact they grow absolutely huge, having one this close to the house was a disaster waiting to happen.
The day my husband removed the tree was a sad day for everyone as, being surrounded by established foliage in a hot climate is the preferred option (natures air conditioning), as well as having a natural privacy curtain. We would much rather look out the window at greenery rather than at a neighbour.
Never the less, keeping the house and foundations safe was much more important.
The tree didn’t know it yet but this was its first, definitely not its last, introduction to the chainsaw.
‘Ch-art’ is a perfect example of using a touch of creativity to reuse or repurpose something no longer in its original form and turning it into something useful. In this case a quirky garden feature. Turns out we get a lot more natural light into the kitchen with the tree gone which is lovely and, having a sculpture in the garden rather than a tree stump was perfect #lovelanguage❤️.
This is the latest idea to come ‘Out of the Man Cave’ .
You will need:
- Chainsaw – in this case bigger isn’t necessarily better!
The shorter the blade the more agile, making it easier to be creative
- Safety equipment – glasses, work boots etc
- Marking pen
- Tree stump or piece of wood
Mark out your design
Cut out your design
Decorate – that’s where I came in…🙌
Walah! My husband refers to his creation as the ‘Totem Pole’ 😝.
Looked even more welcoming when we placed fresh mulch in the garden. You might also like this previous post to see how we use cardboard as a weed mat when mulching.
**EDIT** Another example of a feature ‘ch-art‘ project.
This stump had been sitting in the garden at the family farm forever and, because it was quite a thick stump, we could create a garden chair. The trouble was there was only one and we each had to book in to have a turn😜.
What do you think?
Who else has added ‘ch-art‘ to their garden? What designs have you had success with? We would love to hear about it and would especially love a pic if you are happy to share.
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