creative ideas for 3'' diameter wood
We have many long lengths from the trunk and branches of a Carolina Silverbell tree. The tree was a wedding gift with sentimental value, and someone else cut it down. Long sad story. Cue the violins and attorneys.
Can any of you creative people help with ideas about how I might use the wood itself? I'm talking about hard wood with attractive striated grey bark. The bark is relatively smooth and is quite pretty. Probably about 40-50 feet in total, with a diameter ranging from 3-4" or so. We haven't yet cut the long lengths.
I was wondering about maybe making an arbor, or something nice for the birds, or perhaps sculpture or another item for the garden. I would want it to last a long time because of the sentimental value of the original tree, so I'm wondering if I should let it age before cutting or before making something--whatever that something will be.
Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!