The Fieldbrook Giant Relief Print Project

"Sequoia Sempervirens" - The Fieldbrook Giant of 1275 years                                        

"Sequoia Sempervirens" - The Fieldbrook Giant of 1275 years                                        

After two years of independent research, history hunting, correspondences, and preparation, I have an opportunity to create relief prints from the gargantuan Fieldbrook Giant Redwood Cross Section. This cross section derives from the world's largest redwood stump known as the "Fieldbrook Giant" - an estimated 1100 year-old tree that was felled at the turn of the 20th century. The remaining cross section is owned by Eric Hollenbeck, (founder of the Blue Ox Museum in Eureka California), it was cut 70 feet up from the ground, and spans 13ft x 12ft in diameter. Eric has granted myself, and a team of professional artists, permission and access to pull prints directly from the cross section. This project is a once in a lifetime opportunity and will be my biggest undertaking yet.

The objective is to provide our national and global community with archival artworks that document and represent the Fieldbrook Giant Redwood Tree’s ecological history. These actual-to-scale relief prints, (Giant Stamps), will reveal the growth rings, grandeur, and other natural characteristics depicted with black ink printed onto paper. The team and I will create two original hand-printed 15' x 15' editions. Once these editions are produced the next phase of this project will start: connecting with public museums to display these archival representations of the Fieldbrook Giant Tree. 

 

This project will move forward with your finical support! Thank you so much for your generous donations. Moneys will be used to cover materials, supplies and equipment. In addition, they will be used to pay the people involved with printing the Fieldbrook Giant and filming the process. Other costs include travel expenses, insurance, and costs associated with storing and exhibiting the artworks in public museums.

The Process:

A temporary wooden structure will be constructed that will frame the cross section. This 15ft x 15ft structure will not attach directly to the cross section. It will be used for supporting and attaching rolls of paper during the printing process. The structure will also provide protection from weather elements. The cross section will be mapped and divided into four different sections using string; each section corresponds with a large roll of paper. These sections will be printed at different times, over the course of two weeks. The paper sections will be combined and cropped later to form one image.

Using brayers, black oil-based printmaking inks will be applied directly onto the cross section. Then paper sections will attached to the frame structure, laying over the inked surface. Each paper section will be hand-printed by using a spoon to adequately depict the grain detail of the cross section. 

Once printed, the paper sections will hang inside of a separate building located on premises so that the print’s ink can properly dry while being protected from weather elements. Once the ink is dry, the prints will be rolled and stored into tubes. The last step is to clean, sand, and seal the cross section according to Eric Hollenbeck’s request.

 

Materials/Supplies/Equipment that will be used for this project:

Printing Supplies:

Glassine rolls, 6 Stonehenge paper rolls (52in x 10yards) , news print, 2 Sonna tubes, 10 Gamblin black intaglio/relief ink canisters (oil based), 5 Gamblin Ink extender medium, (2) 2in rolling brayers, (2) 6 inch rolling brayers, 10 inch rolling brayer, pallet knifes, acyclic glass, back up baron/spoon. Shellac (3 gallons), mineral spirits, simple green, windex, rags, paper towels, nylon gloves folding tables, plastic, para-cord, metal clips, push-pins, brushes, roller extension.

Tools/Equipment:

Chop-saw, circular-saw, saw-zall, chainsaw, cordless impact and driver set, screw-drivers, drill-set,10ft ladder, scaffolding, framing square, line-level, 6ft. level, steel stakes, post hole digger, shovel, hammer, sledge hammer, 6-inch orbital sander, belt-sander, 60,120 grit sandpaper, extension chords, tape measure, ruler, rope, pulleys, tarps, canopy, 2x4 lumber, plywood, and screws and hardware.

Special thanks to these Sponcors: