06 August 2010
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The Digging is Done . . .
. . .so now the roots and trunk must be taken to a place for “processing”.
The roots are no longer in the earth; they and the trunk to which they are attached are suspended by a couple of pulley arrangements that make it possible to lift them out of the excavation. The block and tackle shown here were once part of the rigging for a sailboat that was my home for a few years, but that’s another story.
The trunk and roots still contain lots of water, which makes them much too heavy to be lifted without some sort of mechanical advantage, such as the two block and tackle arrangements shown in the photo. The two-tackle arrangement allows for lifting, tilting, and rotating which makes the removal process possible.
Notice the tight quarters in which this evacuation of Roots 2 is taking place. It is not going to be easy to liberate and move this rather heavy object. There are nearby storage boxes, shelves, etc. that must be moved out of the way before the whole thing can be fully removed and placed somewhere to be washed and dried.
It will require several months of drying before the roots and trunk are ready for finishing. Once the drying is finished, the outer covering on both the roots and trunk will be removed to reveal the wood, which will be sanded, varnished, and waxed before it is ready for display. I estimate the whole assembly will finished and ready for display in about a year, or so.