Trumpet Vine Triage

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A big 80mph snow-wind nearly took down the trumpet vine awhile back. A previous post shows my temporary solution to keep it standing. This week a permanent solution went up. First the 4×4″ x12′ pole went 40″ in the ground with a concrete footing and was left to cure for a day and a half. Yesterday the angled bracing went in, with supports under the major “Eagle’s Nest”, and for the big woody vine bodies. I added the long beam at the top so the vine can continue to climb. This morning I fired up the chainsaw and removed the shattered trunk of the old cherry tree. The big vines follow the negative-space contour of the burl-covered old trunk (a fat section appears in the background of a few images). Bonus: it bases an aluminum sculpture from my MFA show!

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