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In the year 2012 The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) commissioned us to create an North American Haida inspired totem for their new upcomeing tv-series “Hjem” (Home). The totem would be an important storyline-piece for the main character of the series.
The craft and art of Haida totems is not easily copied, and we certainly don’t have the cultural background to do it, nor do we have the motivation, so we decided to make a totem for our family home inspired by Haida. This felt right as the piece was only rented out to the production, and were going to end up at our place anyway. So we let the characters of the members in our house lead the way, and we searched the Haida tradition for inspiration on how to express ourselves.
The young eagle
The lynx and the fish
The badger and the stick
The raw material
Blue spruce (Picea pungens)
A year earlier we had to take down a blue spruce in a rural area in Tønsberg, Norway due to it’s dominating size in our client’s urban garden. It would be a shame to let the logs go to waste so they were saved and stored until we could find a good use for them.
It was mid-winter so we brought them indoor to our workshop for further processing. The trunk was dry and ready for peeling before slabbing into a box shape.
Carver/arborist Maja transforming our idea onto wood by calculating scales
We burn the wood for preservation and texture
The eagles wings are drawn, cut and fitted. The material used for wings is oak (Quercus robur).
The painter from the NRK production team arrive and gives the piece their desired colours for the event
The totem installed at the location and ready for the production
To be continued..
Fagus sylvatica Purpurea upscale niwaki session.
What an interesting day. This beech has been pruned hard again and again over many years.
It grows and lives by the sea near Vallø Marina outside Tønsberg, Vestfold (Norway).
The bark on the trunk bare marks of massive tagging with knives over many years, really beautiful.
(pics will come)
Now, the pruning of the tree had somehow stopped and it had grown wild for many years.
It was a great deal of joy to bring it down to size again and make it fit in greater harmony with its surroundings. The southside of the house needed air and light, and it was good to create form under the really great pine who rules that garden.
This was step one for Harpix, hopefully there will be further steps to come over the years in this garden.
This particular tree was pruned in an unprofessional way some years ago, and as a result it had typically grown out of proportion, had lots of bad stumps and significant amount of deadwood.
The people living on the land cares for the tree but needed a solution to the situation as their beech was getting out of hand and becoming heavy and too dominant.
2012 -step one
The first session produced a nice result considering the condition it was in.
The crown was selectively thinned, deadwood was removed, and some experimental diamond pruning-cuts was applied.
It was set up for further pruning-steps in the future.
2016 -step two
The tree had grown very nice and controlled, so it was easy to continue with the plan.
The diamond pruning-cuts showed signs of good healing and the wound-wood was growing great and with a nice shape. Very little decay below the larger cuts, and it seems like they will grow together quikly and seal up well.
The medium-size cuts have completely sealed up already.
Cut-samples from the experiment was collected for further studies.
Deadwood was minimal.
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The family living on the land here had a large cypress they decided to remove, but they would love to have some of the lumber made into something they could use in the garden.
So the stumps was quickly carved into seats and a table on the spot, and they also got a logbench to put wherever.
And since it was friday they also got a little souvenir-chair carved out from the top of the tree (like every other client on fridays).