First Burning Man of Doylestown, Ohio, September 6, 2015
Most of the material used in construction of the man form was from a pool table project that I was trying to pursue in 2000. I obtained a 3-piece 1 inch thick slate, particle board construction, bar room size pool table. The particle board top and side rails were heavily water damaged, but the slate and slate cradle were in good condition. I figured I would mill new rails in solid oak and rebuild the table. The cost to mill the oak was just under $600. I reconstructed the table legs. Then I realized, I wasn’t that great at wood working nor did I have the proper tools to cut and fashion the wood. In the attic of the house where I lived, I built the table with the new legs, cradle, and slate. Stacked 64 linear feet of solid oak against the wall and used the table as an art table for 11 years. When I moved, I broke the slate into pieces and threw them into a dumpster along with the cradle and legs. I decided to hang onto the oak top and side rails figuring it would be a shame to throw away expensive wood.
In 2015, I needed shelf space in the garage. I used the oak top and side rails to make shelving in the garage work area. Even if the wood wasn’t used for its original intent, it still was transcended into something useful. With the shelving finished, I was left with a pile of scrap wood. With this scrap and other scrap wood laying around, the first burning man was formed.
Second Burning Man of Doylestown, Ohio , September 3, 2016