From old desk to a new sculpture

An old wooden oak desk was sitting outside, waiting to be hauled away. The veneer started to come off and I started to think about what to do with the nice weathered oak veneer. Oak is heavy, however, the veneer is light and flexible and when I cut the veneer in long strips I came up with the idea of making a simple yoga/meditation pose. I started with drawing a silhouete of a pose and then used the drawing to bend, glue and connect strips of veneer. 

 Simple drawing of pose

Simple drawing of pose

 Glueing multiple strips of veneer and holding them in place

Glueing multiple strips of veneer and holding them in place

 Mounting on base board

Mounting on base board

It is fascinating how the glue between the layers of veneer holds the shape in place. Take a look at the finished sculpture here.