Jeremy, the border was drawn on the metal and the outline cut. Then the background areas were removed a few thousands of an inch and flattened. The elements then sculpted with scrapers and burnishers before adding shading lines. This was one of those occasions when once you get started you wish you had not. A lot more effort than I had planned on but I do like the look.
Leland, I have about 320 hours thus far on the project with a lot more to go yet...Not including the stock work from wood I cut from the stump.
Fred, you will be able to look at it as close as you like...just promise not to drool on it!
Thanks for all the comments. This one has been a real keeper.
PS...Jeremy, the donuts you speak of I assume are the starts of flowers better seen in the second photo. They have red, yellow and green gold centers to go with the colored leaves.
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