In the Studio: 17 April

This is a piece I’ve been working on for more than a year now, in small spurts. The wood came from a tree felled by a city machine almost four years ago in front of our apartment. I liked the way the narrow walnut trunk split and took my little handsaw out at dusk to cut off a seven or eight foot section. I later cut this into two halves. Only a year-and-a-half ago did I start working the piece, and a couple weeks ago finally stuck it in a base of formed concrete. The base will be covered in some kind of finish material, possibly copper. The inlaid squares are Yellowheart. I need to figure out how to shape the top of the piece and what kind of finish to apply to the wood, and then start on the second half of the original length.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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