TheTwistedPost

Cedar fence post art. Handmade in Colorado!

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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If These Old Fence Posts Could Talk...

I've been sculpting and working with wood for over 35 years. I love the smell, the feel and the look. Rancher's across the Rocky Mountain west are pulling out old, native cedar fence posts and replacing them with steel posts. I've made it my passion to locate those old posts before they become firewood or forgotten.

I'll take multiple trips through ranch country in Montana, Wyoming and Colorado with my truck and trailer. I'll sift through what is often a tangled pile of all sorts of wood and fencing to find the perfect posts that I like to use. Once I get a full load—between 250 and 400, depending on the size of the posts—I strap them down for the journey back to my studio.

After I pull all the nails and staples out I cut up the post on my bandsaw trying to maximize the character in the post that makes for the best rustic artwork. I start in the studio by cutting body and head blanks for ducks and ripping the post lengthwise for fish blanks. If you look closely you'll see how the core of a cross-cut post becomes the "eye" of the head blanks on the ducks.

I use a series of sanders from 12" coarse grit discs to fine grit contour drums to shape each piece. Trust me, the dust flies! And the fragrant aroma of cedar permeates the air...

When done being shaped the finishing process begins with the first of what often is 7 hand applied coats of polyurethane finish. The color of the wood really begins to "pop"! Between coats each piece gets a light sanding with very fine sandpaper. We only apply the finish to the sanded parts, leaving the natural weathered texture unfinished. That's why the polyurethane can only be applied carefully by hand.

After finishing is done, it's time to match heads to bodies for the ducks and time to drill the hanger holes on the back of the wall fish and place the "eye". The fisheye is an antiqued upholstery tack that just fits the look and feel of the rustic fish. I'll make one last "clean up" sanding on the bottoms and backs of each piece for me to sign before it's ready to ship.

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  • Tim Bergren

    Owner, Artist

    I received a BFA in Design from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. I spent 20 years designing and carving sculpture and furniture for churches. Now I am reclaiming 100-year-old fence posts and finding beauty within them...

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