Tree Trunk tables by Nickadoo‏

Description by Nickadoo‏ :

A tree’s second life by Nickadoo
 Viewed from a wide, almost philosophical, perspective, a forest is
like any other living organism on this earth. Any odd day some cell – in
this case a tree – will die, to be replaced by a new cell, in the forest’s
case a sapling. For the fallen trees that strew the forests in their Brome
Lake area, Nicole Bélanger of Nickadoo has found a way to give them a new
and altogether totally different purpose.
She salvages the logs or trees either taken down by the forces of nature or
knocked down from lumber activity and then strives to give them a new life,
a rebirth, an avatar.  Each tree is then cut either in slabs that will
become tables or consoles, or stump size logs that will eventually be
transformed into coffee tables. 
Ms Bélanger then cleans each piece without using any chemical and has them
kiln-dried for four or more weeks to remove of all bacteria, bugs, mold and
mushrooms. In this way, every piece is guaranteed to be safe for indoors.
After multiple and lengthy sandings and hand-polishing, the sides are coated
with a non-toxic water base sealant and the tops shined with a locally
produced bee’s wax. 
Working on each piece as if it was an individual canvas, Nicole Bélanger
reveals the inner life of the log, its soul, by letting the grain of the
wood, the age rings, and the different layers of bark express themselves.
She then explores any life stories and anecdotes such as gashes from the
woodcutters, bear claws, beaver teeth and or deer antler marks and make them
part of the total picture. 
The final process, by adding legs, transforms them into functional pieces of
art, but with a twist. In a way, they seem to come alive once again and
almost look as if they were on the move. Each tree thus goes through a form
of evolution that transforms the individual pieces made out of it from their
original state into an object that is both aesthetic and useful while
keeping their natural virtues.
That last aspect is probably the most important in Nicole Bélanger’s mind:
«From the selection of the logs to minute details of the design process,
each decision is important to me. The hands-on work is a joyful process. But
I believe it all stems from the respect for the forest and the trees that
are its memory».
You can find Belanger’s work at the Thompson Landry Gallery, A taste of
Quebec, in Toronto and on her site at www.nickadoo.ca

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