plywood tree falls

So, the plywood tree has fallen. On a surprisingly chilly April 18, feeling about as cold as that February morning when we planted the thing, Steve Roberge and I pulled out his rusty old two-man saw, and took the feller down. After about twenty minutes of mud and sweat and rust and sawdust, I popped [...]

By Christopher Robbins

So, the plywood tree has fallen. On a surprisingly chilly April 18, feeling about as cold as that February morning when we planted the thing, Steve Roberge and I pulled out his rusty old two-man saw, and took the feller down. After about twenty minutes of mud and sweat and rust and sawdust, I popped open the trunk of my little honda, pulled out a rental chain saw, was given a 15 second lesson, and finished the tree off.

You are watching a 20 second stop-motion version of the 20 minute dropping of the Plywood Tree. At the two-man saw are Steve Roberge, formerly of Canada, and yours truly (Christopher Robbins). Photographed by Nathaniel Katz.

A longer edit with actual footage will be coming soon.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out on this cold and rainy High Noon to show support, to Steve Roberge for taking a day off work for me, being such a great sport, and helping ensure I didn’t take my fingers off, and to the RISD Museum for making this whole project possible.

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