I had one hour to collect driftwood on the beach of Lake Superior. I kicked off my shoes and zigzagged through the warm sand as it encased each footstep, hauling armsful of small and medium pieces back to where my husband, Chris, was stuffing them into extra large trash bags. Back and forth, dragging large pieces, including this lovely tree. I was soaked to the skin in sweat with glasses steamed practically blind, running back and forth. The driftwood basically filled the back of his pickup truck. This full tree had to be cut off in order to be fit into the back of the pickup on the way back to North Carolina. After weeks of brainstorming, I decided to drill holes in each section, trying to get each one perfectly straight and exactly in line (not an easy task). Then we cut a single piece of copper plumbing pipe and glued it into those holes seeking to get the edges just right. It's close. Standing on a stepstool, I drilled tiny holes in the branches through which I hung random pieces of expensive sea glass and less expensive chunks of glass wrapped in copper and brass wire. 'Searched for unobtrusive lights to put on the tree, which took several shopping trips. I would have prefered to have lights on the branches as well, but that type of lighting has unsightly green three-strand cords. I finally found these lights at Ace Hardware. I had a selection of bases to choose from, and finally, since the tree itself is such a dense wood and very heavy, chose this smaller portion of trunk from a felled tree in our yard. I like the spiky texture in one area. Again with Chris's help, we stabilized the trunk with copper pipe at its widest the biggest portion but had to use very long screws (never knew they existed, a nice guy at Lowe's helped me). Voila! A cool piece of Lake Superior art. Makes me think of Gordon Lightfoot's song, The Edmund Fitzgerald. I think I'll put him on Pandora right now!