Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Finders Keepers

Picking up the pieces and what to do with tree stumps. BY INA AMOR MEJIA

A TYPHOON HIT US about two weeks ago. And we all thought it was stronger than expected. I was up at 2 in the morning when I heard that whistling sound. By 5 am, the winds were really packing it, and the whistling had turned into a full-blown howling with various levels of creepiness. A bit like a contralto in an opera about vampires. Then, the next day, we saw the trees.

Acacias, Mahoganies, Rubber trees, Mango trees. Even these really old ones had been felled. They were outside my apartment, near my car, outside Linny's school, at the grocery, along the highway. A week later, guess what...THEY WERE STILL THERE.

Some of them were all wet, covered in moss, gunk. But many had been cut up and had dried neatly in a pile. This is the part where I take them home (thanks to Gabby and our friend Norman). The stump above is of a young Acacia. I'm not too sure about the one below.

But really, I've been thinking (agonizing) about what to do with them. I don't have a chainsaw in the first place, and these things are really hard wood. But check these out...
DIY Hanging Table from The Merry Thought

Apple wood cake stands from A Subtle Revelry

Rustic cake stand in this photo via The Natural Wedding Company 

In the interim, we're using the Acacia stump for dancing, very gingerly, with chubby feet. 

I also stood there this afternoon, and thought it got rid of days-old writer's block. I was stumped. 
DIY coming soon guys. And thanks for reading.

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