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  1. Deep, rough hollow out of in-ground tree stump without chiseling or axe?

    General Woodworking Discussion
    I have a bad back, and am trying to hollow out a hardwood, still alive in the ground maple tree stump, for use as a planter. So far I've been able to find two techniques: Using a big horizontal-blade axe, or cutting a ****ton of holes with a wide spade bit, and then a lot of chiseling. The...
  2. Large Sculpture Base Question

    General Woodworking Discussion
    I'm building a base for a large sculpture and would like to use one piece of wood. The base needs to be 48" x 36" x 12". Does anyone know where I can find a decent hardwood in these dimensions? Or what state I might find a high quality stump? I will be carving around the outside, so need...