Art From A Virus

This photo was taken on Oct 17, 2012 at about 12 noon.

The location was on the deck rail in my back yard in Bethesda Maryland
The "Take It!" came from the unexpected beauty found in some wood that I am using for a base for a project that I am in the middle of producing. I was told that the dark lines are from a virus that attacked the tree at one time and the tree survived. The randomness of this trace of the malady which looks like it might have been penned into the wood to make an abstract painting has me fascinated. As you can imagine each block of wood is different and some do not have any hint of this phenomenon. 
The photos were taken at the suggestion of one of those who are kind enough to review my work. In this instance I was "shopping" several of the blocks and was told I should take photos of each one and to be certain to number each completed block on the bottom of the wood to identify myself as the person who created it. A suggestion, I am going to take. 
It has been a pleasure to share this demonstration of nature. When I have completed the project, rest assured I will bring it to the site for your review, and I hope your enjoyment.
Thanks for joining us for the current photo presentation. You are cordially invited to return Tuesday, December 4th for a new picture that we hope you will enjoy.
Wishing you a great day,




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Comments: 8
  • #1

    Gabe (Saturday, 24 November 2012 06:53)

    This is what I imagine they thought earth looked like when it was believed to be flat.

  • #2

    Teri (Saturday, 24 November 2012 06:55)

    So the virus didn't cause your wood to rot?

  • #3

    Jake (Saturday, 24 November 2012 06:55)

    Very very cool lookin!

  • #4

    Ray (Saturday, 24 November 2012 06:57)

    Whatever project you are using that for it will have a very unique feel to it based on that design alone.

  • #5

    whutzzat (Saturday, 24 November 2012 15:56)

    Hi Teri: Amazingly, there is no rot, just the residual coloring.

    Hi Ray: Thanks for your comment on this having a unique feel to it. I plan to not put any stain nor sealant to finish the wood to ensure direct contact with the surface. Grain, Virus, sharp edges will be lightly sanded, all this to help further the uniqueness.

  • #6

    Teri (Sunday, 25 November 2012 18:14)

    Well you lucked out there for sure! That just looks so interesting.

  • #7

    Ray (Sunday, 25 November 2012 18:16)

    A sealant or gloss of some sort will prolong its life. May be worth considering.

  • #8

    Jenna (Sunday, 25 November 2012 18:16)

    That is neat.