Aspen Branch + Pallet Wood

The Find

While visiting my mom and grandmother in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ, I came across some fallen aspen tree branches. I’ve always loved the texture of the white bark and figured it could make a nice organic art piece.

The Build

I took 3 pieces of broken pallet wood and lined them up to match the curve of the branch. I connected the pieces of wood together by screwing large paint stir sticks, free at any home improvement store, to the back. I then lightly sanded the wood and applied a simple white wash. Finally, I attached the branch at the base by drilling a small hole and nailing it in place and attaching a found metal bracket to the top to keep it from moving side to side.

All and all I think it came out pretty nice and it was super easy to build.

What's AlleyLux?

AlleyLux is a passion project started by me, Mike Alonzo. I've always struggled with waste and even flirted with hoarding. There is just so much usable material discarded everyday, that I figured I would try and do something with it. I explore my neighborhood alleys liberating junk, or as I like to call it, potential, in an effort to give it new life.

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