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Sunday, February 19, 2006

The Art of Wire Tree-making

 
FOUR STEPS:
that you may learn by hand to make trees out of almost any type of wire ( best gauges are from 20g - 28g). Click on 'steps' to view image.



TOOLS of the TREES: 
1.  Wire
2. Scissors

3. Book

1.WRAP - Wrap or unwind the wire around a book to make a loop, start on one side and end on the other...The higher the book, the higher the tree...The more wire you wrap, the fuller it will be.

2. CUT - Cut the wire at the center of the loop (where you started and stopped wrapping).

3. SPLIT - Put your fingers in the middle of the loop at the bottom (opposite of where you cut) and split the wire into a "V" above your fingers like a garbage bag tie before you twist it.

4. TWIST - Now twist it around your fingers like a garbage bag tie...This is what makes the trunk. The loop around your finger you separate into smaller loops and twist those out into the roots. At the top you should have two clumps of wire...Take one clump - split it into two & twist...Go back to the other side and split & twist...now you should have 4 clumps of wire...repeat steps 3 & 4 as often as necessary to finish the tree.

The Philosophy within the teaching of Trees:

Each tree I make has 7 roots symbolizing: 7 notes, 7 colours & 7 senses (INTUITION-6th & EMPATHY-7th)...using them ALL is walking in the fullness of our being. This artform helps me illustrate how we are all ARTISTS seeking our medium, and all MUSICIANS seeking our instrument. I teach to let the branches seek out the LIGHT as a tree would. It is not my hope that everyone becomes a treemaker, but that we AWAKEN the artist WITHIN that they may branch off into other things having a solid root structure to grow from. It also symbolizes as much above as below, balance, patience, empathy & much more. I also hightlight the difference between 'hearing' and 'listening' by taking a roll of wire in one hand and say; "This is an example of someone who heard me tell them how to make a tree...on the other hand, (I hold a finished tree), this is an example of someone who listened...LISTENING implies action."
The Philosophy behind the Trees:
To give a person a tree is to give them a present, to teach them how to make a tree is to give them a gift for life. I AM, not here to teach students, but to study teachers. Share this knowledge with the children and put the power of creation back into their hands.

The Philosophy of the Business behind the Trees:
I sell/trade each tree for "$25 Million Dollors...or as MUCH as each person can afford"... so that way, every person can afford one and I get as MUCH as possible...I only ask people not to take advantage of my generosity by denying their own as each tree is completely unique, akin to snowflakes and people, so can NEVER be duplicated and are therefore actually priceless. ( I think you can see now that, being priceless, even setting the price at $25,000,000.00 is already coming down a lot). In TRUTH, the price for anything and everything on this site is 'Listening'. Then and only then will you receive FULL value for your investment.
Your 'SMILE' is my payment.

29 comments:

  1. I met you at Sudbury Greyhound bus depot and you gave me your website. I just checked it out interesting indeed. I read a couple of the poems and they are very thoughtful. I just wanted to say that I was very sorry what happened to you at the station. It was unfortunate that the bus driver asked you to leave. Anyway I hope your reached your destination safely.
    Take care.
    "Watson, Beatrice (JUS)"
    p.s. I will see if I can make that tree. Are you saying that you are an Avatar/prophet?

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  2. Brother! You are such a great person and your BLOG is so useful and interesting.

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  3. Thanks for passing by. Nice poem you wrote :-)and also I saw a nice one here about courage. About the tree, well I guess I am not that much of a potterer, but thnx for the tips :-)

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  4. hey how are u? that is such a cool tree.You probably don't remeber us but,u gave me and my boyfriend a tree when we were on the bus going to Edmonton and u went on the bus to Calgary.Anyway we were talking to u about the tree,and i asked you how to make it and u gave me this websit.Thanks so much for the tree now we are showing everyone it,Now they want to visit the websit and make there own tree.We are going to make some more all different colors.thanks so much for the gift. God Bless

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  5. visit http://fun-asia.blogspot.com
    Very fun asian, cười cả ngày, cả ngày cười, hình ảnh ngộ nghĩnh,bạn bè,người lớn,lớn người! Chúc bạn thật vui vẻ...

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  6. Ancient Clown,

    I wish I could push over to 100, but you already have the USA. Yesterday, I was in Canada, but you already had Canada too. Ah well. You are doing well with 99 countries, except, I have found there may be a glitch in Neoworks. Turns out that it is deleting some of my countries in a seemingly random fashion. I cannot quite pin it down yet. I have emailed their technical support. I noticed this because when I broke 100 countries, I started copying and pasting the countries into a spread sheet every other day. And I noticed that I had 118 countries one day and then 117 countries the next, and then 119 countries and then 117. It was very mysterious. Right now, my visitors to this date states 120 countries, but when you count them, there are only 119 listed. Well, and really some aren't countries anyway like Guam, Puerto Rico, Satellite Provider, Country Not Detected, and Europe. Anyway, hope all is well!

    Thank you for your direx on how to make a tree. Very cool.

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  7. hi ancient clown...i'm ricangel from beyond electric dreams blog...and believe i'm proud to be the first panamanian.
    I see you have lots of visits so if you can please refer them to my blog...it would be nice if you add a link to Beyond Electric Dreams here and I add a link to ancient's history on my blog...what do you think??

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  8. You are getting there 'Ancient Clown'! Getting there! A very interesting blog you have here and original in context!

    "When the students are ready, the Master appears." But the master is still in Kitgum!

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  9. Thanks for the gift. I will try my hand at a tree based on these instructions. I love the tree philosophies/deeper meanings.

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  10. Thanks for the link and the comment. Yes anger needs to be channaled in the correct way, thankfully a few moments atfer writing that post I saw about 6 house sparrows in my garden and instant calm washed over me. Hey the trees look great. At the moment though I would end up with a house full!!!!

    Your blog looks very interesting so I am off for an explore....nicola

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  11. I love the passion each person has the potential to put into making a wire tree, but I don't know if everyone has the true capcity to understand how much these trees have meant to the people who learned how to make them first, not from you wise AC, but from your Brother Jimmy. Teaching everyone, especially those without the full understanding of their importance or value does in fact decrease the VALUE of the art of making wire trees. I was taught to make wire trees about 5 years ago and I have practised steadily. I have also passed on the technique to those I have trusted to use it in the way that I believe it was meant for: for sharing love and passion through a tree that grows from the artist's hands and only changes due to oxidization.

    You may think this as selfish. But when you share something with those who do not appreciate it or those who intend to use it in a way that is harmful, the value of these trees decrease exponentially.

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  12. Hi Anonymous:
    HOW exactly could teaching these be harmful in ANY way?

    It IS selfish of you to deny somebody the ability to learn something because they may not appreciate how much it meant to you...first. How is that lesser or greater than your appreciation and what if it is just slower in coming.
    It is also judgmental of you to predetermine the ground before you plant the seed. It is not for me to nurture and raise, but to merely plant the seeds....though they may fall on rocky ground, they may also slide between the cracks and become rooted regardless.
    I have had the pleasure of re-meeting somebody who didn't make a tree until years after I'd shown her how...and THEN it was GREATLY appreciated...are you saying I should have judged her unworthy of learning because of her lack of interest at the time of teaching?

    It was with Jimmy's permission that I shared this GIFT with other people. As there is a greater understanding within doing that than simply making them.

    I am VERY glad you learned how to make one AND have taught it to others. YOU are no less special for this...only MORE SO.

    your humble servant,
    Ancient Clown

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  13. What's up AC!

    This Is Ivan & Heather, we could not read your blog in CHINA, it was blocked, but we just somehow hit on it.
    How are you doing? Were are you? we are planning on another job-adventure may be India may be..... hope to see you sometime. If you need anything you got my email.
    take care!

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  14. Hey ancient clown...

    Thanx for posting ur thoughts on my blog.

    Interesting "GIFT" there. Merry Xmas to you.

    Best regards.
    www.patchay.blogspot.com

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    1. Blessings my friend;

      Thank you for having a blog that lets people share their thoughts. Never stop...thinking or sharing.

      your humble servant,
      ancient clown

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  15. Hey thank you for the visit to my web site.I love your blog.

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  16. Thanks for visiting my blog! That post is very interesting! See you!

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    www.websboulevard.blogspot.com

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    1. Blessings;

      Thank you for visiting and giving your children the tools of creation, they are beautiful.

      your humble servant,
      ancient clown

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  18. very creative also! Thank you for sharing! :)
    And thanks for passing by my blog. I'd love to have you back!
    have a nice weekend.

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    1. Blessings;

      Thank you for visiting as well, you are welcome anytime.

      your humble servant,
      ancient clown

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  19. Thanks for commenting on my blog and posting the link for the trees.

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    1. Blessings;
      You're welcome my friend and thank you for sharing.
      your humble servant,
      ancient clown

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  20. Thanks Ancient Clown. I will try this way of making trees from wire.

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    1. Blessings my friend;

      You're welcome and thank you for listening.

      your humble servant,
      ancient clown

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  21. Wire trees are so beautiful, thanks for the insight on how to make them! For thicker/harder wire, it might be easier to use pliers rather than fingers.

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    1. Blessings:

      I won't lie, i have used pliers, especially on the very ends and final twists, but I also find despite the suffering my fingers take and the number of times i will put it down to take a break, I keep picking it back up and using my fingers...the wire doesn't bend quite right, or i feel i lose connection with my tree...silly eh?
      Whatever works for you though...let your artist free.
      your humble servant,
      ancient

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    Keep up the good work,
    The seeds you've planned are turning into something very beautiful.

    Maria

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