"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Creating the Pond Surface

As I was poking around considering various possibilities for creating the pond surface, I found these nice wood slabs with the bark still attached at Jo-Ann's. They basically just cut diagonally across the log to make an oval, sanded the cut surfaces smooth, and left it at that.

I was looking at various other unfinished wood pieces, but when I saw this, I liked the natural look of having the bark on it. All it needed was a little paint. I may have to outsource the more complex painting projects, but even I can manage to cover a flat surface in a solid color.

I am in the process of finishing it with a clear protective varnish on both sides. It's taking more coats than I was expecting to get the nice smooth finish I want, but I think one more coat should do it. Then I'll be ready to start gluing down the tatting.


  1. Lovely piece of wood, should work well for the lily pond.

  2. I love it and I did something like this years ago with my wedding invitation lasted over 30 years :) The blue will be great for tatting!

  3. My mind boggles at your creative ideas! This is the perfect backdrop!

  4. For some reason I was unable to comment on your latest blog post, do like the motif, especially those splendid beads. Also to say your pond looks great, we have a lot of varnish in our house with all the woodwork that takes place and it is not an easy element to use. Well done. Looking forward to the finished project