Driftwood Tree 2015 – Fairhope, AL

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Driftwood Tree 2015 – Fairhope, AL – Complete with driftwood star

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Driftwood Tree – No nails, screws, wire or glue, except star is wrapped with chicken wire to attached to tree.

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Driftwood Tree – Mobile Bay Driftwood resting on rock foundation

Driftwood Tree – 2015 – In Progress

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Driftwood Tree – No nails, screws, wire or glue is necessary.

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Driftwood Tree – Each driftwood layer is leveled and balanced by sight. I have learned to look at driftwood piled on the ground and pick out pieces that will balance and not fall off.

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Driftwood Tree – Layers of driftwood are added with longer pieces near the bottom and tapering as the layers are added.

Driftwood Tree Foundation

This past weekend I took down my eight foot tall driftwood tree and rebuilt it. I had noticed a few deteriorated pieces of driftwood that I wanted to replace. In addition, I wanted to put some large rocks on the ground for the bottom pieces of driftwood to rest on.  I also spread crushed oyster shells underneath the tree. On the previous trees, wood had been put down directly on the ground. Raising them up on the rock foundation will keep them dry and prevent termites from getting in them. The oyster shells discourage insects, mold, and mildew. This hasn’t been a big problem with my other driftwood trees, but I decided it would be better to eliminate the possibility of termites having a free lunch.

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Driftwood Tree – Foundation Rocks added under first layer of driftwood.

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Driftwood Tree – First layer of large driftwood pieces.

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Driftwood Tree with large rocks around the base and crushed oyster shells to discourage insects, mold, and mildew.

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Driftwood Tree – Base is a cedar driftwood pole about 10 feet long, with 2 feet in the ground.