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“A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.” George R.R. Martin

Published on 12/10/2014
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Sooner or later, every homeowner will likely face the problem of having a dead tree on their property. Whether it is insects, over- or under-watering, a raised soil level impairing oxygen to the tree or a host of other problems, chances are that over a homeowner's lifetime they will have a dead tree to deal with.


The easy solution is to hire someone to haul it away.  But if you are looking to save money and reuse the wood for something worthwhile, here are some options for what to do with a dead tree:


Hanging bird feeder: For fruit-loving birds like orioles, create a hanging feeder with a small branch. Put a nail through it and hang it from a branch or pergola. Drill three holes around the outside edge and attach short lengths of chain to hang it with. Pound in a few nails to impale apples or oranges on for the birds to eat.


Birdbath: Hollow a shallow indentation into a stump or a big section of trunk with a hammer and chisel. Let it dry then seal with a layer of concrete. Allow it to cure before filling with water as a birdbath.


Bird-nesting box: Either find a shape of the tree that's already small enough to fit a bird's nest, or build a bird nesting box from the dead tree's wood.

Build a bench: Use a plank for the seat and branches for the legs to build a unique bench.


Build a swing set: For this you may want to take the wood to a miller to prepare smooth pieces of wood so you can build a swinging seat for two in your garden or patio. Or, build a simple garden swing for your kids and hang it from a tree.


Build a seat: Leave the tree stump where it is and carve it into a seat. Or if you do not like the rustic version, cut the stump into a seat or coffee table, varnish them and bring them indoors to use.


Stamp set: Cut small shapes or letters to create a stamp set for your kids, to be used with an ink pad or paints.


Refrigerator magnets: If you are really good at woodworking, carve small shapes or letters from a piece of wood and glue small magnets to the back to create unique rustic magnet sets for the fridge.


Make a funny face: Make a whimsical "face" with a cross section of trunk as the face, with small pieces of other trees or yard debris as facial features.


Create art: Carve the stump or a large section of the trunk into a sculpture. Release the art inside the wood.


Make a planter: Cut a hole in the stump and fill with soil to create a unique planter for annuals.


What is your greatest passion and how have you been able to develop and sustain it?


Everyone has a passion, the key is using these passions to help others, ourselves or something to help improve a person’s life.  Being in a wheelchair for the rest of my life is rough but we still must find our passion. 


There are only two emotions: pain and pleasure. And passion is an offspring stream that flows between the two. It feeds-forward into pleasure the lessons it learns from the pain.  The only fundamental wealth we have is that of passion. You can create anything with it.


Your goals are in terms of ‘giving’, not ‘getting’, ‘grasping’ or ‘achieving’.  Everyone has a passion the key is using our passion to help others, ourselves or something to help improve one’s life.  One of my passions is to help a few students with financial aid, to continue their education.  Hopefully this will be possible not only in the United States but in the Philippines, where my wife and I will retire.


Another passion is to receive the physical help while living with our family overseas, that I will need when I get older because of my Cerebral Palsy and my spinal cord injury.  But I also want to help a few other people improve their living conditions when we retire to the Philippines.


Lonnie E.Shipe,M.A..Counseling Education  

Being in a wheelchair for the rest of my life is rough but we still must find our passion.  A passion for helping ourselves along our life journey and certainly a passion for helping others somehow, somewhere, sometime is what we should have.  Helping others, to help put a poor student through college, and I have a passion to get the physical help that I need. But a great powerful passion for me because I am being disabled I need help from others in most every situation is to retire to the Philippines and receive my help and I would still be able to help countless other people.


Let us be passionate for others.


Have A Great Blessed Day!

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