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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 2749 days ago 787 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I was driving to my client’s home last night, out in the country, I must have been daydreaming and i missed my turn. A few yards down the “new route”, I saw a pile of ginseng slats with a For Sale sign on them. A little voice in my head said “hmmm. I wonder how much they are selling for? I bet I could use them for something, perhaps a fence”.

I turned around and headed down the right road and continued on with my daydreaming, whatever that was about at the time. A few minutes later something caught my eye and again I was inspired: there in the field lay dozens of young cedar trees, with roots attached, uprooted by a giant machine. The farmer had removed the windrow for some reason. And the little voice said, “Now you HAVE to be able to do something with a cedar tree!!” A vision of a wooden spoon popped into my head. (I have a favourite wooden spoon that has been passed down from at least 2 generations and I long to make more spoons just like it. I just have to figure out how to do it.) Anyway, back to the field of dreams: As I envisioned my wishlist spoon, I started to laugh – there are a dozen trees, that’s one heck of a lot of spoons!!!

I might just have to go back there and ask the farmer what his plans are for the trees and perhaps he can part with one or two.

And what would I make from them; what COULD I make from them??

And now my daydreaming takes on a new focus….

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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frank

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#1 posted 2749 days ago

Hi Debbie;
—-next thing you’ll be talking like I do and telling us that the tree spoke to you and told you what it was to be, while also telling you its name!

Ha! I like the way you write with use of words that include ‘vision’, ‘daydreaming’, ‘new route’ and what about ‘new focus’. And if thats not enough you then go and say; “A little voice in my head said “hmmm.” Yes, Debbie you are so hopelessly lost and yet so wonderfully found in the words you speak and so you create. To any who cannot see with the eyes of spirit, you are a riddle and yet to your own self you are true and therefore you speak as you are. Keep on writing, as you speak from hearng that voice that goes on within yourself, this is the dialogue you carry on within yourself and is the real expression of who you are!

“And what would I make from them; what COULD I make from them??” —-go and sit in silence and, “ask the wood!!!”

GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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Obi

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#2 posted 2749 days ago

I can see the conversation already … “So, Mr, Tree, what did you want to be when you grew up? Wanna go to my house and let me help become something new? And chances are you’ll porbably end up hanging in a nice warm house looking all prestty, instead of fire wood.” You KNOW the tree will jump at the chance of becoming something pretty.

My advice is try to not let anyone see you do this as they might think you’ve lost your mind.
And you might have to leave the tree in the shop for a while til it learns to trust you.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2749 days ago

Hi Debbie.
It won’t hurt one bit to ask. Then if he happens to say no, you can turn your dreams to something else.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Don

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#4 posted 2748 days ago

Even though you guys are all certifiable – ha – I know hat you mean.

I find my creative juices flow much better when looking at and handling rough lumber than I do fully dressed lumber. There’s just something more revealing about wood when in its natural state. Perhaps it’s that its options are greater then. The process of milling and shaping the wood, reduces these options until it becomes what it was destined to be.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 2748 days ago

Certifiable? perhaps, and perhaps not.

Frank, thank you so much for insightful words. I will come back to this again and again, when I’m feeling lost or misunderstood. I am indeed a puzzle to most. For the most part, I’m pretty sure about who I am but there are times when I really feel like a misfit – those will be the moments that I will remember your words. Thank you again.

Now, as to speaking to the trees, I like Michael’s suggestion and I think I’ll give it a try next time I’m looking at some wood to take home.

I’m also going to try it next week with a wee little piece of wood that I picked up off the shop floor this morning. I know I heard it say, “See me. Know me.” Now it is my job to unlock it from its current form. I hope I can do it justice.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Obi

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#6 posted 2748 days ago

Actually, I’ve never tried talking to trees, but I’ve picked up twigs and looked at them intently and wondered “what can I do with this?” But I’m not against using whatever means possible to look at a stick, any stick, and try to figure out what that stick could become. I just wish I had a real lathe to expand my horizons

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dennis mitchell

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#7 posted 2748 days ago

Carefull Debbie or you will have trees telling you “Your life will be perfect if only you can get than new $1500.00 multi-task spoon building lathe and laser engraver”.

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 2748 days ago

I’m with you Don and I’m going to try Frank’s method sometime this week.

Dennis – I didn’t know they made a spoon building lathe. I’d better get shopping!!! :)
Actually a lathe is Rick’s next wish-list item. I’ve never used one before (or watched one being used) so I’m not hooked yet but I’m sure I will be.

Laser ingraver, you say…. (and the little voice says, “hmmmm”)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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frank

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#9 posted 2748 days ago

Hi Everyone;
—-Ha!
Sometimes I have to be carefull listening to all the talking that goes on around me. Since I work in the woods much of the time, I am always in need of a way to drag those logs in and around, plus work a wood lot. So some years ago I asked my self what I needed to make the job easier and my-self said to get an older crawler. Then my wife said that what I really needed was a team of horses to pull those logs. Then one day out in the woods I asked those logs and they said to get a work horse called an atv.

Well…..............in the end I got two crawler’s by the name of Oliver Cletrac, one a 1947 and the other a 1948, now if your wondering, these dates are before my beginning. The 1948 was for parts which I have never needed to do yet and the 1947 runs great. Don’t use them much any more since I’ve changed or downsized how I work my wood lots and so I’m waiting to sell them if the market for such will ever go up. The 48’ could be restored as this one is in excellent condition. Both have the add on Heil blades since they started life as crawlers.

Then yes, next I listenrd to those logs which told me to use an atv, so that I did and since then, I have also worked out a way to skid the logs.

Now you know that after all that, I’m still going to have to pay attention to my wife also and get those horses as this is her desire and one that I believe will also work out good for skidding logs. I’ll just have to make sure that she understands that I maintance machines and she can do the horse maintance. Ha! Actually she would be very happy and pleased with this arrangment. Sometimes I think I should have listened to her in th first place.

I might mention that in the next state over from me which is Vermont there resides a gentleman by the name of Garrett Hack. Garrett is a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking, plus a maker of fine furniture after the Federal style of contemporary interpretations, plus the author of several good books; ‘The Handplane Book’ and ‘Classic Hand Tools’. He also manages a working one horse farm there, where he harvests the timber for making lumber that is then used in his furniture.

You all have a very good day!!!
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 2747 days ago

above my new workbench sits a picture that my Mom painted – it is a painting of my great-grandfather’s two work horses.
The picture is yet another source of inspiration for me.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Don

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#11 posted 2747 days ago

This is one of several paintings I own by this local artist, Betty Maher. Her husband, also an artist worked for my in our graphic arts department. The subject is one of her specialties, workhorses. (Oil on artist board.)

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 2747 days ago

oh my – no wonder she is one of your favourite artists. Beautiful.
The shed looks almost like the one I got my barnboards from (but this is in MUCH better shape).

What a beautiful piece of art.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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gizzard

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#13 posted 2747 days ago

Sigh…
I listen to the woods and all I hear is…
GET OFF YOUR FAT LAZY BU.. AND JUST START SOMETHING!!!!!
The wisdom of the trees.
Remarkable.

-- Dennis, Tennessee

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