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The Giving Tree
12.5′ x 6.5′ x 2.5′
Forged and Fabricated Steel
Located at the Senior Recreation Center in Gainesville, FL

The Giving Tree finished for all to see!

The Giving Tree finished for all to see!

Last week I installed The Giving Tree (with the help of some very strong friends!) at the Gainesville Senior Rec Center. It stands tall at a final 6.5 ft x 12.5 ft x 2.5 ft and was finished by Powdercoating of Gainesville with a lustrous […]

Designing to Cut

Designing to Cut

Inspired by my sister, Karen Tharp, I spent the first half of my week designing a paper stencil to use as a guide for my sculpture’s canopy. The canopy will be cut out of 3/16 inch sheet metal using a plasma cutter. The metal is […]

Daily Grind

Daily Grind

I could probably title all my posts this, since grinding metal takes most of my time. But this week is fitting for the title, so I’ll just use it now. I’ve been grinding tree branches all week and I’m almost finished. The picture shows half […]

Growing Branches

Growing Branches

I’ve begun forging the branches for the tree and can already say this will be my favorite part of the whole project. Now that my little giant power hammer is up and running, I have been able to forge/ taper the metal stock for the […]

Model making

Model making

While attending a 1 week workshop at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina this summer I was able to put in some serious model making hours. With some suggestions from my teacher Peter Happny I breezed through problem solving that would have taken me […]

Grid it off

Grid it off

Step 1:  Grid it off.  In an effort to beat the heat, I’m going to do my basic layout in my bedroom. Step 1.5:  Move the bed and get the shoes out of the way. It’s business time! Step 2:  Get a bigger bedroom for […]

Design Accepted!

Design Accepted!

The City of Gainesville approved my final design for “The Giving Tree” on August 3, 2011. Now it’s time to get busy!