Local artist Tom Benedict creates works of art from old, dead pieces of Juniper wood. The same kind of wood you've probably seen on your hikes a hundred times. Those graying stumps become something incredibly beautiful after some time in the hands of the Montana Wildwoods owner.

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Time lapse video of the selection and rough carving process of a twisted juniper core sculpture. The finished piece, "Dorsalis" can be seen at Homestead 89 gallery outside of Bozeman, MT.

All of the pieces that I collect are of already dead trees, many of which have been dead for decades.

Underneath the gray weathered exterior, juniper has a beautiful red & yellow grain.

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