21 Aug 21 by justatest
Over-zealous in my early attempts at pruning resulted in the unfortunate demise of some trees, as in this alder.

Coat of red oil

Once dried, I had painted it with a red madder. I´ll probably seal it with a waterproof glue or resin, and then varnish.

doodling what to do with this thing

A wire cage filled with broken rock.
[Some months later]
There´s a war going on in Ukraine with Russian ordnance raining explosive shells and rockets down upon civilians in a most horrifying and indiscriminate fashion. Should I continue with this, given that it might be misconstrued as glorifying the destruction, killing and maiming visited on the Ukrainian people by their evil neighbour in such a cowardly way?

broken tree

Drying out the base of the trunk by scraping down to the more intact wood.

End of life

dead and decaying alder

By the time I got around to doing something with the tree, it had almost completely rotted in the wet soil. As I was digging it out, the trunk snapped into pieces.