Steel Tree

February 6, 2012 | Filed in:

Steel Tree: hand forged steel, 77″ ht x 31″ diameter, Meg Thompson, 2011.
This fall I finally finished the Steel Tree I started a few years ago.   It began as a coat hanger.  But as I hammered the hot square metal into textured tree bark, it quickly became clear it was going to be more than a coat hanger.  At the ends of the branches I drew out the metal into curled leaves.  I then encouraged the piece to develop a rust film in places to give some depth of color to the steel.  Finally this fall I finished it with a rub-in metal oil.  You can see alternate images of it on the metal/sculpture page.

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