I started with birch, cut at angles.........
I lined them up and built a bendable fence for the table top.....
To that I added candles because we like to dine by candle light......
And I shaped it all into a serpentine path marching down a runner......
Above is arrangement #1 for the Birch Fence Centerpiece. It was decidedly easy to create.....
Birch Fence Centerpiece Tutorial
- Collection of birch sticks ranging from 1' to 2" in diameter. I used dead fall.
- Dental floss threader
- Cut the birch into lengths ranging from about 2" to 8". I used a band saw but this could be done by hand - it would take awhile but these are just sticks.
- Cut one end square to the branch so it can stand on end.
- Cut the top end at an angle. I made many different angles.
- I cut about 60 pieces and used 46. I wanted a variety to choose from.
- Scrub the birch with warm water. My pieces all had a black and green mold growing on them. They were much brighter after scrubbing.
- Dry the sticks out. I put them in front of the woodstove for a couple of days to allow them to dry.
- Drill two 3/16" holes in each piece. Test to make sure your jute passes through it easily.
- One hole should be 1" up from the bottom. Notice how I clamped a fence to the drill press table to make the holes all exactly the same distance from the bottom.
- I used a drill press because I have one but this can be completed with a hand drill as well. Be sure to measure.
- The second hole was an inch above the first. Again they all need to be the same distance up from the bottom.
- I then arranged all the sticks. I was looking for a randomness to the arrangement but shorter at both ends and taller in the center.
- Here I did some fiddling because some pieces nested together better than others.
- Using a piece of jute a good bit longer than the finished fence, start threading them together. I used a dental floss threader instead of a needle. It worked beautifully.
- Continue threading the pieces together, first all the bottom holes.....
- And then go back through the top holes.
- I tied the jute together at the end and then frayed the cut edges.
The fence is done. Bring it to your display location and arrange it.
Serpentine is only one option...
How about an "S" curve?
Or possibly a spiral? Maybe candles in hurricane lamps? The possibilities are endless.
I have been inspired by all my branch themed posts. Check through these links and see what inspires you....
Previous Posts of Interest • The Branch Series • 2012
- Branches • Sliced
- Branches is the Round • Wreathes, Etc.
- Branches Framed
- Putting Branches to Use • Shelf Supports
- Putting Branches to Use • Branch Hooks
- Red Dancing Sticks • DIY for the Winter Garden
- White Winter Branches
- Start With a Branch
- Collecting Branches and Twigs
- Winter Branches • A Source of Inspiration
©2012 Ashbee Design, Marji Roy
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