The making of the bottle tree

johnboy 5 March 2007 6

Paul Deakin’s green glass bottle Christmas Tree was a runaway favourite for the winner of our annual Christmas Tree competition. despite hailing from blighty,

He’s been in touch to offer the Youtube experience of the tree’s construction.


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6 Responses to The making of the bottle tree
Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 8:16 pm 05 Mar 07

Smart thinking, Paul D, it worked a treat!
Give us a hoy when you come to Canberra – a schooner or two (large pint) awaits you!

pauld pauld 7:57 pm 05 Mar 07

Cheers for all your comments. I’m a student at Southampton University on the south coast of England, I posted on this blog after searching for christmas tree competitions that we could enter to let people see our tree. We figured there was no point in doing all that work and not showing it off. As for citing measurements in metres – we use the metric system in the UK. To do the movement in the video we set up a slope which went from a raised point close to the tree to the floor further from the tree. We put a section of carpet on the slope for grip and put the camera on a small tripod, then for every bottle we moved the camera 3mm!!! It took a long time but we think it was worth it. We removed all the labels so that we had a fully green tree, the lights inside the bottles could be seen, and the bubble lamp in the centre could glow through.

Enjoy the video.

bonfire bonfire 10:38 am 05 Mar 07

why were all the labels removed ?

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 7:34 am 05 Mar 07

Great work!
Paul D., how did you do that slow crab-left around the tree as it was going up?

lumnock lumnock 7:28 am 05 Mar 07

If he’s a pom, give him citizenship I say. By the looks of all that beer drunk, he’s going a fair bit of Aussie somewhere in his bloodline anyway. Onya mate!

Meconium Meconium 5:01 am 05 Mar 07

I’m blown away. This making-of video is even more impressive than the christmastime photos we saw of the tree itself! Who is this guy, and if he’s a pom, why is he posting on this blog, and citing measurements in metres?

In any case he’s a genius. Favourited!

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