This was an awesome project that gave new life to a very early piece. I initially drew these aspen trees back in 2006, so it was fun to revisit it 8 years later!
The aspen trees are cut out of 1/4″ MDF with a maple veneer… which is a beast to work with, super dense, but also really stable, which I believe will give some added strength to the super thin branches. The first pass engraves the detail from the original drawing, and then I go back with the cuts. Then it’s like a puzzle, but backwards… breaking out the negative pieces one by one. This is nerve-racking as it’s pretty easy to break the little branches. Luckily I took my time and they all made it out in-tact. Once it’s all cut out, I clean the surface to get rid of as much resin as possible, and coat the whole thing with a black acrylic wash. This helps darken the engraved areas, and gave the wood a grey texture like aspen bark:)
The pine trees were cut from 1/4″ alder which was stained green, then engraved and cut, then again washed with the black acrylic. The background moon and fractally pattern is engraved on 3/8″ clear acrylic. I also installed a strip of color changing LED lights along the bottom behind the frame which illuminate the engraving and slowly fade colors. The frame is a piece of stained maple with some engraved elements on the sides. I’m super stoked on how this bad boy turned out. Special thanks to BG for commissioning this piece, I hope it brings you years of enjoyment!