2016 - Volume #40, Issue #2, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Stacking Wood In An Artful Way
In rural British Columbia, Alistair Heseltine has a 40-ft. long woodpile that cleverly depicts a bare-branched tree laying horizontally, supported by carefully placed split firewood. Heseltine is a teacher, sculptor, and designer.
Monarch, Montana resident Gary Tallman has built 5 artistic woodpiles that depict various mountain scenes, including woodsy owls peering out from a huge stack of split firewood. One is resting quietly, another is about to fly, and a third is an owl in flight. Tallman says he started the artistic stacking because he enjoyed it and wanted something clever to show his grandkids. Each stack takes about 20 hrs. to complete, which doesn’t include the time he needs to first sketch a design on graph paper and then sort various wood into piles. Now in his 80’s, Tallman cuts and stacks about 12 cords of wood a year. He also picks nearly 20 gal. of raspberries, builds handmade wooden flutes, and maintains fences on the rugged terrain around his home.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alistair Heseltine, RR 1, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada V0R 1Z0 (www.alastairheseltine.com) or Gary Tallman, 40 Tillinghast Creek Lane, Monarch, Cascade County, Mont. 59463.
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