The Process

 

Trees of life are circles of wood cut from a tree trunk.  Deb never cuts down a tree.  Instead she scavenges for trees that have fallen during storms or have been cut for other reasons. 

She uses a chain saw to cut the tree into 3/4 inch thick slices

 She sands the pieces smooth.

She sands the pieces smooth.

 Once the tree rings have thoroughly dried, Deb uses a scroll saw to cut out the silhouette of a tree.

Once the tree rings have thoroughly dried, Deb uses a scroll saw to cut out the silhouette of a tree.

 Then she uses a rotary carving tool to add details and sand the tree.

Then she uses a rotary carving tool to add details and sand the tree.

 
 

Once the wood has been sealed, Deb adds a piece of stained glass to give it a background.