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Tree Trimming

December 25, 2010




As the Christmas Eve sun (yes, sun! —it finally stopped raining) dips behind Mt. Rubidoux, I thought it would be fun to add a little color to a backyard structure made of found wooden shelving elements. We found these cool wood pieces hidden on a top shelf in a junk shop, but had no wall space to attach them to at home. So, playing around with them, I decided to attach them to each other to create a free-standing totem-thing. Sunk securely into concrete, the three uprights form a multi-armed stem topped with carved flower plaques; perfect garden art as-is, or a great display perch for this project. For trimmings, I used pieces from two diverse collections of mine …


… bright enameled metal dishes and bowls, and large antique glass radio tubes (all flea market purchases). The enameled pieces give great color in the waning sun and the radio tubes, a cool reference to workaday tree lights. Our new totembaum stands before the largest of our three garden sheds, and the hits of color and shine look nicely festive. In the close-up, above, the same elements look terrific on a very cool little wood table we found at a garage sale. An obvious personal project — it’s signed! — this little table radiates its creator’s love for his craft …

Radiated love? What more can you ask for today?


8 Comments leave one →
  1. mrsmonstera permalink
    December 25, 2010 7:43 am

    Merry Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Love the “tree”.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 25, 2010 3:51 pm

      Wishing you the same; and love the new moniker!

  2. December 25, 2010 3:54 pm

    Merry Christmas to the Rancho and you!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 25, 2010 4:00 pm

      Merry wishes to you, as well!

  3. December 25, 2010 10:33 pm

    way cool! i collect those enamel ashtrays, too, and this gives me some ideas on what to do with them, how to display them. and they would endure outdoors, too! such wild colors and textures! how did you attach them (always the challenge for me with these)?
    happy christmas and all that good stuff!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 25, 2010 10:46 pm

      Wow… nice to know I’m not the only attracted to these colorful discs! In this instance they’re just propped against the arms of the ‘tree’, except for the topmost one, the ‘star’: it’s got a small nail holding it up.

  4. Elizabeth Han permalink
    December 26, 2010 5:19 am

    Merry Christmas, your pictures always make me smile. The second photo is just gorgeous. I like the little “wild” item on the bottom of the totem, and those antique radio tubes are really interesting.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 26, 2010 5:41 am

      Merry Christmas, Elizabeth! That funky little leopard-print enameled tray is truly ‘WILD’ and one of my fave things … hope you had a great day!

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