I boxed the finished Broom Trees up this morning and mailed them out to Broomfield- it is a relief to have them out the door. Shipping ran me $52 through UPS- the regular $8 would not have guaranteed it there by 4pm Monday, and risked disqualification. The good news is that it moves via air-mail this way, and has a better chance of survival.
Creating the base wound up being a bit silly. I had left my wallet in E’s purse Monday night while at a Labor Day dinner with friends, and so it accompanied her to work on Tuesday. I had used up every scrap of MDF on other sculptures earlier in the summer, but scoured the shop anyway- nothing. I wound up taking apart a base for a tool and cutting it into sections for multiple groupings. This commission actually pays an honorarium for creating the maquettes- the UPS shipping tilted me over the amount today. Some commissions don’t offer anything for creating the maquettes, so I’m glad it cost as little as it did.