President Chuck and I have been busy assembling redwood trees from the parts we have been working on separately. Each tree consists of a painted plywood base used to secure the tree both into the “earth” and hold the tree upright. The trunks are carefully selected pieces of log from myriad places. The branches/leaves/top are from bought, swiped and donated christmas trees. Each top has to be “manicured” to make it as much as possible look like a redwood.
Remember that our objective is to have it look as if a consist is passing through the Phil Miller Lumber Co. forest. How well are we doing? Well we have installed two “full size” redwoods between the tracks so far. The lowest branches are high enough for the lokie to pass safely underneath.
Here’s the first two pics of our efforts:
As we install more trees more of the portal at the end will “disappear.” Note the remains of a tree struck by lightening sticking up.