Sunday, September 8, 2013

Plaiting a Peace Tree

I have started on making the 3m Peace Tree for the Peace Leaves for International Day of Peace on 21 September.

©2013 Barry Smith - Plaited wire
I'm plaiting the Peace Tree from coils of 3mm thick fencing wire as in the photo below.

©2013 Barry Smith - 3mm fencing wire
The process is:  create a core of two 3m strands twisting the top section together; and then progressively add more layers and more strands in each layer. The last layer of this particular tree will have 12 strands. A few progress photos follow.

©2013 Barry Smith - Plaiting sections - taped to stop eye injuries
©2013 Barry Smith - Plaited around the core
©2013 Barry Smith - The tree begins to take shape
I'm now about half way through the process - it will take about another 4 hours of cutting and plaiting. It is a fairly physical job plaiting the wire as the combined strands go from two to four. I will finish it in the week of the 16 September as Fiona and I are going away for a week.


  1. A twelve-strand DNA Peace Tree, me thinks!!

  2. this is going to be wonderful. and what an undertaking! i thank you so much for dedicating your time and effort towards this community project.

  3. the above comments are so right, but i wanted to add a squeak of my own.


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