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.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.