[[ Most recent Update: 28 September 2012. ]]
The photo below shows Roots 2 fully liberated from the earth, and moved to a temporary resting place for cleaning, bark removal, and drying.
Removing the bark will allow quicker drying, and will also prevent tiny bugs (bark beetles ?) from attacking the stump and carving small holes in the trunk.
The drying process is the easy part – simply set it out in the weather and let nature take its course (this can take up to a year, or more).
Judging from the experience gained with Roots 1, Roots 2 will be ready for finishing in late 2013 or early 2014 That’s when the labor-intensive tasks of scraping, sanding, varnishing, and waxing will be finished.
No need to look for Roots 1 . . . Here is a photo of Roots 1 atop the mantel in the living room.
As a reference of scale, Roots 1 is about one fifth the size of Roots 2.
There is much preparation to be done, and many distractions that come along.