DENT ROOT™ Sculpture by Richleigh!
and other noted Sculptors of the Ozarks.
The unique growing conditions and environment found in certain locations of the Ozark Mountains produces tree roots with unusual characteristics. Instead of being long, straight and tapered, they end up becoming misshapen in a curious manner.
The roots often twist, turn, convolute and assume irregular proportions as they take circuitous paths through the soil substrate in which they grow. Alternately, they may also grow in the shape of a spiral, or even a full circle. They are often pock marked with moderate to severe indentations of various sizes and shapes at irregular intervals along their length. Some actually have areas where they become narrow and flat.
At the location of every contortion, the natural wood grain of the root becomes pleasingly distorted and delightfully enhanced. When roots cross over other roots, or double back on themselves, they graft themselves autonomously and form fascinating patterns by so doing.
Natural coloration of the roots range from reddish and dark brown to blonde, depending, primarily, on the tree variety and degree of weathering. Some roots bear the effect of charring by fire.
All roots must be properly prepared before they can be transformed into aesthetically pleasing pieces of sculpture. Part of this process involves thoroughly washing and removing bark from the roots.
Species-specific techniques are used for processing the roots of different varieties of trees. Bark removal is often tedious; demanding a great deal of stamina and intensive physical labor from the artist.
On the other side of the spectrum, the bark from small feeder roots must be removed very carefully. The actual woody portions of these roots resemble very tiny filaments which are barely visible to the naked eye. Long hours of patient dissection are required to separate bark from these nearly microscopic woody filaments. The process for doing this is as delicate and precise as that which is required for micro surgery.
Please bear in mind that the physically, mentally, and technically demanding procedures described here were developed (and are still being performed) by Richleigh!, who is way past the age at which most surgeons retire from the operating theater.
The crafting of Dent Root™ Sculpture was pioneered by the popular sculptor Richleigh!, of root segments sustainably harvested from The Valley of Renewell.
Richleigh! was present during the course of developing the Valley of Renewell in North Central Arkansas and was fascinated by the crooked roots which were unearthed during excavation and construction. Following his intuition, he soon began piecing root segments together in a manner which is aesthetically pleasing to the eye of the beholder. Under the direction of Richleigh!, Dent Root™ Sculpture is now produced in Cottage Industries by highly skilled Ozark Artisans.
Dent Root™ Sculpture is distributed exclusively by The Valley of Renewell, LLC
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