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Local artist debuting new work at BeetleFest

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News
Special to the Daily One of Catherine Gammel's beetle-kill tables.

Catherine Arms Gammel has been doing metalsmithing for homes and businesses for about eight years now, but she’s pretty proud of her copper-topped beetle-kill stump tables, which she is showing for the first time today at BeetleFest in Frisco.

Gammel got the idea for the tables after noticing all the beetle-kill stumps lying around. They “just looked really cool,” she said.

“I love wood, and when you take the dirt and rocks out of the root they have such a beautiful shape,” she said. “I like all stumps, but the beetle-kill is just very special.”

Gammel works out of her small, metal artisan studio in Silverthorne, Blue Feather Metals. She searches around for stumps, and brings them back to the studio to take off a “minimal amount of wood.” She sits with a chisel, and all sorts of hand tools, digging out the dirt and rocks. The stumps are sanded before receiving eight or nine coats of wood lacquer. Then come the table-tops.

“Some of my copper tops are hammered, some are given a patina. I have a new one that’s just patchwork,” she said. The tops are shaped to fit the stump and sealed.

“It’s very labor intensive, but I love doing it,” she said. Each table takes about two weeks to complete. Size depends on the stump – average is about 25-inches wide by 2-feet tall.

This is the first time Gammel is showing at BeetleFest. Her creations are 100 percent recycled material, eco-friendly and “fabulous for that rustic look people love up here.”

“The roots themselves are the artwork,” Gammel said. “Having it freed from the earth so you can actually appreciate the intricacies of the tree.”

For more information about Gammel’s work, go to http://www.bluefeathermetals.com.

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