GREEN MAN, Oak, Essex, 2.5m high, 2009

Nearing Completion

Nearing Completion

The dark stain between the eyes was from a very old metal nail that had completely rusted away - the mark has since disappeared

Concept Sketch

Concept Sketch

The client required an Oak Green Man that was as big as possible !

The 30 Ton Oak Trunk

The 30 Ton Oak Trunk

Rod standing in front of the Oak trunk, blown down in a gale Found on the east side of Bury St Edmund's after months of searching countrywide

Topping and tailing, using the biggest chainsaw we could find

Using the biggest chainsaw available

Split Into Sections

Split Into Sections

Main piece for the nose & smaller 1/4 pieces for the sides

Rachel

Rachel

The chainsaw did not quite reach through so myself & Rachel had to split the trunk with wedges and a sledge hammer

cutting lengthwise

Andy

Andy

After a hard day positioning the 2 side pieces - well strapped in place

Stephen

Stephen

Planing the joint surface flat, having routed lines accross at intervals to work to, see the aluminium frame and small router

Power tools used

Power tools used

Stephen

Stephen

Chainsawing one of the side joints. Note the clear plastic strip on the handle and the frame set up to accuratly guide the chain cutting the joint face

Anya hollowing the back out

Anya hollowing the back out

To allow even drying out / movement

Paul & Anya

The Greenman In-situ

The Greenman In-situ

With rill running towards the head

Access ladder and platform built into the back of the Oak head for viewing the garden up high Metal plant support hoops to either side of the head

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