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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Mar 5, 2017 8:09 AM CST
A subscriber (via T-Mail) wanted to see some close-ups of a sampling of wood mounts that I have prepared. She was interested in texture and color. I thought I would post a few of those photos for others. The lady wasn't interested in cedar, oaks, or cypress knees (my signature wood mount), so there are none of those woods shown here.

Thumb of 2017-03-05/drdawg/f6484e walnut
Thumb of 2017-03-05/drdawg/e868c2 heart pine
Thumb of 2017-03-05/drdawg/ef7574 Thumb of 2017-03-05/drdawg/e74fdb cholla wood
Thumb of 2017-03-05/drdawg/c56368 150+ yr. old cypress
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
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I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Name: ZenMan
rural Kansas (Zone 5b)
Kansas 5b
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ZenMan
Mar 13, 2017 4:23 PM CST
Hi Ken,

So, can you tell us some more about these wood mounts. How long have you been making them? How do you display them? Do they all have blackened areas? Do you use a blowtorch to do that blackening? Other than as just interesting displays, do they have any other functions? Are they considered a form of artwork?

ZM
Thank You!
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Mar 13, 2017 4:38 PM CST
I have been doing these one-of-a-kind mounts for about 5 years, @ZenMan. I don't actually "display" them. They are used as mounts for epiphytic tropical plants. They can either be hung, vertically or horizontally, or placed on a flat surface.

Some woods simply develop a lot of dark streaks in them as they age. But some of the cypress I collect have been under water for many decades. That water is loaded with dissolved iron and that iron pigment is absorbed by the cypress. Cut away that blackened surface, and the natural coloration shows. I have never burned any of my woods and none of them are collected after they were burned.

I like working with exotic, wild woods. Often I cannot even determine what the wood is and neither can a forester friend of mine. Some woods have aged for so long, that they become almost like metal. They are extremely dense, extremely heavy, and extremely hard woods. When I drill holes so that I can run my wire (which holds the plants to the mount), the bit will actually smoke the wood while drilling takes place, just like that happens when drilling some metals.

I have never considered what I do "art". I am simply exposing and then sealing with chemically cured epoxy that which Mother Nature has produced.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
http://www.tropicalplantsandmo...
I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Name: ZenMan
rural Kansas (Zone 5b)
Kansas 5b
Annuals Keeper of Poultry Enjoys or suffers cold winters Bee Lover Dragonflies Garden Photography
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
ZenMan
Mar 13, 2017 8:18 PM CST
Hello Ken,

Thanks for the explanation. I suspect that your mounts, with plants in place, do look like a form of art.

ZM
Thank You!
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Mar 14, 2017 5:49 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
http://www.tropicalplantsandmo...
I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.

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