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On the old site, I made a small tree stump with some small fungi on, for this competition I intend to make a mega version, with a large stump and bigger (and more numerous) fungi, as well as more than one type. This will be both fun and fiddly as I'm not sure how supersizing my flat fungi will go, and I plan to make some frilly fungi as well Shy
This sounds like a project with lots of potential for textures.

Bark texture, the gills under the cap of the giant mushroom, etc.

I'll be watching excitedly.
This sounds great, looking forward to seeing work in progress pics. Smile
I remember you making that stump, it was really good! Can't wait to see a newer larger version Smile
(02-28-2015, 12:24 PM)vampyrevenom Wrote: [ -> ]On the old site, I made a small tree stump with some small fungi on, for this competition I intend to make a mega version, with a large stump and bigger (and more numerous) fungi, as well as more than one type. This will be both fun and fiddly as I'm not sure how supersizing my flat fungi will go, and I plan to make some frilly fungi as well  Shy

Hi vampyrevenom;

Your project idea is a great one and lends itself to some really fantastic detail work; I say this from experience because I myself built the exact same type of piece (as a commission)...I don't know what size you have in mind (mine was built on a 6" diameter wooden tree cut base that was 3/4" thick)!

Looking forward to seeing your work and progress on this piece (that I can fully relate to)!

Paul (Catdancer)
Hey checked out the fungus stump on the old site. It's cute and great. One inch base is small. It will be cool to see the textures explored more on a larger scale. Yes rough woody bark and gills. Sounds good.
I also liked the rust, dirty curtains and little treasure map in Hannah's Harbour cafe.
Thank you for the encouragement, for those of you who haven't seen my original stump:

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I can't seem to find the fungi pictures I used last time, I do remember I was using one for the shape and another for the colour, there will be more and bigger fungi on the new one which will be made in pretty much the same way, maybe some other fungi dotted around as well.

Anyway, progress so far:

I started by cutting out a base from 1 cm thick foam and bevelling the edge

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I then cut out a wedge of thicker foam and marked out a rough shape for the trunk and roots (I haven't actually measured how thick the foam is, it was a gift from a customer so I'm just judging by eye if it looks right)

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I then spent some time carving out the shape (and slicing my thumb open as always)

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I then glued it to the base piece using PVA glue

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Now I have a slight conundrum. The shape didn't come out quite right, so needs some modifications before I texture. I'm debating whether to attempt to get the shape perfect with more carving and risk having to start over (and more cuts) or cover with a slight coating of clay, get the shape and then add the bark texture and fungi, but that's a problem for another day, I've got a weather report to write and shoot first thing  Big Grin
When I imagine a tree stump with fungi these images kind of sum it up.

Bark is chipped off and rough around the top. http://stewartstreeservice.biz/after-tree-removal/
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Roots are integrated with the trunk. http://canopytrees.co.uk/tree-stump-removal/
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Broken at the top or clean cut like previous image. Photo by: http://canopytrees.co.uk/tree-stump-removal/
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Really nice broken off top and colour of wood inside. Photo by: http://www.treeservicesmanchester.com/tree/tree_stump_grinding_manchester.htm
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I like the colours in this one. The moss, hollow in the centre and bark chipped off look great. Thanks: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/15167000
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The roots are more integrated into the trunk. Maybe if you make the diameter of your trunk a bit smaller and carve the roots to fit it and make them more gnarly the shape would look better.
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Mmm red ones=probably poisonous. Thanks http://mysticsail.com/2008/05/20/colon-to-rio-chagres/ for not much more info.
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These are the gills I had in mind.
[Image: P1050052.JPG] http://thecommonmilkweed.blogspot.ie/2011/10/fall-hiking-at-mount-gilead-state-park.html

Wow! Is this for real? It looks like a nice cake with berries. It's called Bleeding Tooth (Hydnellum peckii)
This odd mushroom is found in North America and Europe, and was in the last few years also discovered in Iran and Korea. The younger specimens of the species bleed a bright red juice that has anticoagulant properties, hence its common name. Though they don't seem to be poisonous, they have an extremely bitter taste and so are inedible.
Thanks Tree Hugger http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/13-most-bizarre-mushrooms.html
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Sorry about the long post and if it seems like I'm taking over your project but this project really caught my imagination. Trunks and fungi are fascinating. Hope these photos help. Good luck. Can't wait to see what you make now. The fungi in your first one are quite realistic.

Thomas
Thank you for those pics, I was trying to do an enlarged replica of the small piece but it needs more roots and some sculpting into the base. I don't really have time in the evenings after work to do this much clay work and I'm on call this weekend so I will do this next Saturday/Sunday when I can get the tree sculpted and the mushrooms in place without it drying out or needing to be sealed.

I remember seeing that blood mushroom when I made the smaller stump and relating pieces, I think I pondered how I'd be able to make it. I may have to have a little think and see if I can nestle one or two amongst the roots.
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