Merlayna's West Coast Wood Sculptures
wood art sculptures & carvings


(posted on 21 Oct 2015)

My dogs are wondering what happened to their beloved dogwood tree.....well, like many dogwood trees in B.C. and Washington State it got anthracnose and had to be removed. From the stump in the photo above I sculpted a vessel.

Note the interesting line around the inside.

After it was sanded, I wrapped it in a towel and put it in a plastic bag so it could finish the drying process slowly......but........

It started to crack around the bark inclusion line.....that's the 'dogwood dilemma' fill or not to fill, that is the question. For now, I'm just leaving it to see what happens as the drying process completes.


Well, it's now January 2016 - and the cracked area has remained stable and looks as if it's part of the 'design' of the vessel, so this is no longer a dilemma. I will put finish on it and post the finished piece soon.