sabato 28 giugno 2014

Judas tree - Redbud

The Judas tree is a type of redbud tree that is native to Asian countries.
It is a deciduous tree, which means that it loses it leaves in the fall and re-grows them in the spring.
During late winter or early spring, this tree produces bright pink or magenta-colored blossoms
that occasionally even grow on the trunk.

This tree can grow to anywhere from 12 to 15 feet (3.6 to 4.7 m) in height.
It might also spread anywhere from 15 to 20 feet (4.7 to 6 m) in width.
It usually prefers full sunlight, but may also grow in areas of partial shade.
The Judas tree is somewhat drought-resistant and usually needs only minimal watering.

The flowers of a Judas tree are typically heart-shaped.
They normally begin to appear the second year after the tree is planted.
An ancient legend proclaims that the flowers of this tree were originally white,
but later turned dark with shame after Judas hung himself.


The leaves of this tree are also heart-shaped.
They may be medium to light green in color and positioned on dark brown stems.
Leaves do not normally appear on the tree until after the flowers have begun to bloom.



From my experiences Cercis siliquastrum wood cracks easily,
for that reason it should be worked as soon as possible..
and its fragant sap attracts greedy xilofogi insects...

it's easy wood to turn, and get a great finish if its cut and not scraped.
I found intriguing the shade of green characterizes of Judas tree.





Natural edge - 15 x 12 cm







Thickness its around 4 mm, some points less...
I made it with a small flat base and that's allow the piece to find its own balance too...
intresting is where is the center of gravity??









In this last piece i pay attenction to keep some colors connection between the green hearthwood, when i reached the white sapwood in the botton of the natural edge bowl.
i mean i tring to have that kind of waterfull effect that usually i saw in Ambrosia Maple pot or Hollow form...

I still have two piece of trunk to work with,
as you can see, i cut small section of it and put on top like cup,
i believe that in this way the big trunks will cracks less deep, and this helps to develop some spalted too...

Sun light oxidise Redbud wood from green to orange-brown tone...

Cheers
Paolo