Friday, 14 September 2012

Mass Producing Trees

Trees have been on the agenda for the past couple of evenings.  I'm making another 500 or so to cover the 45 foot table with the things for the French and Indian War games.  Doing them in batches of around 50-60 as its a messy job and takes up a lot of room - drying time is a issue too, although the old dehumdifier speeds things up.  All of this lot are oaks or similar with the same colouration, there will be other shapes, sizes and hues of green to break things up.

I've been using Botanico Eco Moss - a kind of sisal string bedding material you're supposed to use for hanging baskets. Can't find any within twenty-five miles, so have reverted to the horsehair.

I tear a bit off, roll it up into a ball, dunk it into some green paint/PVA/water mix, wring it out and then drape it onto the twig.  Then I dunk the whole lot into an enormous bucket of home made flock. Shake off the excess and leave to dry overnight.  Should be as hard as a rock by then.  Just give it a quick blast with spray varnish and done (apart from the base of course).
The reason I'm making so many is that the table is 45 x 6 foot and even a couple of hundred are lost on it.


  1. Oh my goodness me, and here I am worrying about a measly half dozen! Hats off to you Sir.

  2. Cheer Michael - its just a question of being factory-like with the production. Get all the bits together and do one stage at a time. Just stocked up on some more green paint for the dunking!

  3. When they are in the crate they look a little bit like marijuana.