One of my backburner projects is a sculpture of a dryad(s) assembled from oak tree branches and pieces parts that have fallen in my yard. I have been collecting them for about a year. I think I may get working on it as my submission to this year's "no dead artists" show at a local gallery. I submit every year but have never been selected.
Yesterday I was investigating a large branch that fell during hurricane Isaac last year, and discovered an amazing pattern under the bark in places...possibly new knots beginning to form? I think this will be worked into the "hair" of the carving. Beautiful unnatural natural pattern. Amazed by nature as always.