Bee Tree Camphor by Rudolph Lopez

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Bee Tree Camphor by Rudolph Lopez
All pieces are signed originals, individually created by the artist listed.
Rudolph Lopez
Tampa, Florida

Bee Tree Camphor
Camphor burl
14" x 10" x 3"

Created with salvaged wood from a local landmark tree.

Artist's Note

"The wood that was used for this piece came from a Camphor tree that was over a century old. It was locally known as the “bee tree". It survived a lighting strike that burned out a large cavity in its side. A colony of honey bees made their home in one of its two main branches, which were nearly four feet in diameter. The tree eventually became unsafe and needed to be removed; the bees were relocated, and over 500 pounds of honey were harvested. Local woodturners worked with the city to salvage the majority of this very unique tree."

About Rudolph Lopez

Rudolph’s work has been featured in several American Association of Woodturners juried exhibitions at national symposiums and the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Emerging Artist Award in 2009, and chosen by the AAW as one of four international emerging artists of 2012. His work is currently displayed at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts Museum Gallery store, St Petersburg, Fl.