Sunday, September 23, 2012

Falworth Tree Design Tutorial


Today, this post will show you how to make the basic "Falworth" tree design.


To start, you'll need a stable platform for building



I usually build my trees on a plate or baseplate away from the MOC or scene I intend to use the tree in.  (Makes for less accidents.) 


I make a small brick built base, a few brown slopes does the trick nicely. 


Next I'll add some brown headlight bricks as shown below


These will provide a spot to attach the branches.


For the branches of the tree I use bars or sticks, 
(or whatever you want to call them)
larger ones (such as the minifig lance) for the lower part of the tree and shorter pieces as I continue to build up.

Minifig lances are especially useful because on the handle of the piece you can attach a 1x1 cone and place a small 4L bar inside the cone, so now we have two branches coming from the place of one. :)

Next I'm going to add some of ^ these to the main branches to create a Y shape as shown.

Now I'm going to add some more headlight bricks to get more height on the tree.


And I'll add more branches and side branches...

You'll notice the limbs of the tree get smaller and smaller. 


I'm now adding a top. 


It's already starting to look like a tree. :)


Okay, next you'll need a lot of these types of clips...


...To attach to the branches.


You will want at least one clip piece per limb end, although two is ideal.


All the clip pieces attached, we are now ready for the leaf pieces. 


add like so. ;)



Try to put one leaf piece per clip piece. although, the more you use, the better it will look. Well, generally speaking.. ;)



on the top of the tree add about three leaf pieces as shown above, then top it off with one through the middle.


And voila! You've completed a basic Falworth tree. :)

But, It looks even better with another layer of lighter colored leaf pieces!



This tree technique can be done in any shape or size, I've simply given you the basics with which you can make your own variations. 

Thanks for taking the time to look this! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. In fact, comment if you like the tree. :)


5 comments:

  1. Excellent technique, thanks for sharing.

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  2. Good tutorial, Mark. I'm typically stuck on the traditional Lego design with brown arches. This is a great variation to add to my technique list :)

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  3. Very nice... will use this in the future

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