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June 2013: Welding is Underway

Surface Finishing

Surface finishing on a twig using linseed oil and a propane torch


One of our volunteer TIG welders, Wally welding leaves onto a steel twig

Branch Stamping

Stamping branches with messages

We've recently set up our factory in Whittlesea and started the huge process of welding over 3000 leaves to twigs and twigs to branches. We'll be here for the next few months slowly piecing the canopy of the Tree together.

May 2013: More Roses for Norway

Roses for Norway

Tone, Tobbe, Wayne and Helen with Roses for the Norwegian Sculpture

Helen and Wayne Lascelles from Panton Hill, Australia, visited Tobbe and Tone, Project Managers of our sister project, Iron Roses for Norway at their forge. Helen & Wayne have personally delivered the final roses from Australian blacksmiths to be included in the rose sculpture being constructed by Norwegian blacksmiths in memory of the lives lost in the terrible massacre last year.

15 March 2013: The Trunk Arrives in Melbourne

The trunk arrives in Melbourne

Laying the trunk down where it will remain for the next few months until we're ready to attach the branches

The trunk arrives in Melbourne

The trunk arrives

The trunk arrives in Melbourne to be stored at Brunton Engineering who have kindly loaned us space in one of their factories. Once the intricate canopy has been constructed, it will be welded to three large branches by Alustain in Thomastown and will then come here to be welded to the trunk later this year. Overall Forge completed a beautiful and tricky piece of forging in creating our 2 tonne trunk.

January 2013: We Move in to Our Whittlesea Factory

Banyule Conservation Volunteers

Amanda and the team from Banyule Conservation Volunteers

Thanks to GDM Constructions, we have been loaned a disused factory in Whittlesea. The great people from Banyule Conservation Volunteers came in for a day to clean up and sweep the entire factory. Over the next weeks we'll be fixing the electricity and plumbing and will team up with the St Andrews Mens' Shed to build some welding benches and move our equipment in.

Thankyou to our Pozible Supporters

Corkscrews by Jeremy Knipple

One of the gifts for our Pozible supporters is a hand-forged corkscrew by American blacksmith Jeremy Knipple

Thankyou to our wonderful supporters of our Pozible campaign. Over 100 people made this campaign successful which ensures we can put the Tree together this year.