I am trying to carve out a tree for a base of a table out of oak. The picture of the shape is below. Please excuse the horrible drawing, its hard to draw in Paint on a touch mouse :)
That is the basic shape. The branches are going to hold the table top and the roots on the bottom will keep everything stable.
Preferably I would like to carve it out of a solid chunk of oak, that way you cant see the different layers (if laminated) when I stain it. Doing it this way I would have to chainsaw the basic shape and it will be tedious to not break the branches where the grain is in the wrong direction.
Another way is gluing a bunch of pre-shaped layers together and then carving it from there. The only problem with this is that I do not want to see the different layers after I stain it.
The last way that I can think of is finding an actual tree and tear off the bark and sand it. However it will be hard to find the right one.
I know the basics of wood working, so I am a beginner in that. However I have worked in a machine/metal shop for quite a while so I am already geared with working with machinery/power tools. Whichever way I do this, I do not think it is going to be too challenging for me to do it, I just am looking for some feedback to figure out which method I should use.
Any feedback is much appreciated. Thanks!!