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Chainsaw Carving Fireplace Mantle "REUNITED"

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“REUNITED” by David V. Gonzales To see more of my work go to: http://www.WildRiotecofineart.com One of my favorite things about being an artist is working with people to manifest their ideas. I accomplish this through murals, chainsaw carvings, and paintings using earth friendly and sustainable products. After the two worst fires in Colorado's History occurred in our region, destroying forests, animals, and homes, I was honored to have the opportunity to work with 5 families as they went through their griving process to create lasting tributes to their past, present, and future as they rebuilt their lives here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The Hoeffel Family were one of over 500 families who lost their home in the Black Forest area. In a creative and functional way, the Hoeffel Family “were looking for ways to incorporate a few of our burned trees into our new house.” “One of the great tragedies of the Black Forest Fire, especially for us, is that we lost almost all of the trees on our property.  The trees were a sanctuary - a stalwart defense against the relentlessness of life, and cradling balm to the soul.  Without the trees as our buffer we feel a bit more exposed to the world, a bit more vulnerable, a bit more raw.  By incorporating those lost trees back into our new sanctuary, we are salvaging some of that past comfort, if only symbolically, and carrying forward with us into the new future that we are forging.” (Patrick Hoeffel). A fireplace mantle , with Colorado wildlife carved into it was a symolic means to bring the outside into the Hoeffel home. I was presented with the task of carving the mantle from one of their pines which had burned in the fire. I spent a great deal of time working with the family as they relayed personal stories of their encounters with local wildlife. Those conversations were instrumental in the creation of a rendering of what the fireplace mantle would look like. I was pleased when the family loved the idea. A local professional carpenter, Mitch Dillman of Colorado Rock-n-Logs, Inc. cut and kiln dried the selected piece that would soon become the carved mantle. I carefully worked around burnt areas of the wood. I wanted to incorporate them into the piece because the fire was now a part of the families history. My wife Deboah provided valuable input throughout the entire process. I carved in the wildlife and landsacape with electrical chainsaws, grinders, and dremels which is more eco friendly than their gas counter parts. When the carving was almost completed, I began to lightly paint it with a non-toxic milk paint and then applied an earth friendly sealant called Seal It Green, Xtreme. The Hoeffel family was estatic when they saw their completed mantle carving. I am very grateful to my wife, Deborah for providing her daily insight and guidance. The next step will be to install the mantle in the Hoeffel's new home. I titled the mantle “Reunited” because it is a reflection of their reunion to their land, their home, and the Colorado wildlife that they so love. I feel blessed that I have been able to help the Hoeffel Family manifest the vision they had in their hearts and preserve their sanctuary through this lasting functional work of art. For those of you who are avid woodworkers and want a comfortable fitting mask to screen out dust, Dust Be Gone Masks is the choice. They fit comfortably over your face and are very easy to breathe through. The mask I wear is custom made with multiple layers and even better, they are hand sewn in the USA! You can either buy them from a local wood working store or order them directly: htp://www.dustbeegone.com I seal my carvings with Seal It Green Xtreme, The Tree Carver Formula. The Xtreme is very versitle; you can apply it on all types of wood, cement, stone, and laminated structures. Manufactured in the USA and made from a plant source, Xtreme stays locked into the fibers and continues to migrate to the c...