Woodworking Storytellers ....every woodworker is a story to tell—-a very good story, and as such his/her past, present and future is written by the projects of art that surround that artist…. The artist is the creation of the milieu that encircles ever around him and through his basic need to express, he thinks of himself as the author of ‘the art’. And so this process continues on in the chaotic corridors of mind, as the madness of always pre-forming drives one ...
The Art of Silent Hearing “The first demand any work of art makes upon us is surrender. Look, Listen. Receive. Get yourself out of the way.” by C. S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism ....the truth is that I am still learning to be silent before that piece of wood art that is ‘before’ me…. Getting my-self out of the way allows me to see what is be-fore my beginning as the wood I use pre-dates my time and will be around long after. In thinking about what C. S. Lewis ...
Wood Chips Singing In Rhapsody ....and so I am refreshed in the power of this moment as my hand grips the curved head adze and my fingers once again know their place as they embrace the wooden ash handle. My mind is staid as my eyes are once again enlivened by the beauty of this piece of maple lying here before me on these two sawhorses. Oh yes, for just a second my thoughts drift back as seconds become minutes and minutes are lost within the moment of now and time is vanquished – routed o...
....going on a ‘walkabout’ through the untamed corridors of a mind freed to explore its own labyrinth…. I am constantly amazed by the workings of wood and the effect that wood has upon those who come in contact with it. This is the essence or what I like to call the ‘mystic of wood’ and as the wood wills, so also does it work to seek out and claim a sacrifice in the lives of those workers of wood, who therefore and thereafter ‘live wood’. And w...
Another great line from Mr Krenovs book refering to the value of wood. “This stuff dosn’t grow on trees you know!’
Spent some time in my shop today. One project ready to spray and the glue up done on another and a couple of hours cleaning! My shop has been pretty much abandoned these last few years. Some how it became a storage facility. The blades ALL need sharpened! I can’t find anything. I like an orderly shop but I’m not an orderly worker. It is time to do my spring cleaning!!!This evening I was reading James Krenov’s book again and suprise the chapter is on the workshop. All about n...
The National Association for the Self Employed (NASE) which I joined to get health insurance coverage, has a program to provide grants to small-business members for up to $5,000 for business needs. Their application is pretty simple, except that I need to send a full Business Plan, so I have been working on that document for several months. I have the Business/Marketing Plan nearly finished today, and so I will be sending out the application and grant proposal in the mail tomorrow. I am ...
....to be an artist, is to be a part of the chaotic madness that surrounds me. I have inherited the wind and my mind screams with delight at the all my heart can see, as I proceed to remove the shadow that hangs over the many who are yet captivated by lack of pure sunlight. I am not a ‘copyright’ and therefore I can give myself away freely, knowing that as I have given, so also in likeness of manner that which is given shall yet return and attest to my well being of artistic ex...
“The love of wood as seen with the eye, felt with the heart and touched by the hand is the passion of dreamers, who have lived in the chaotic beauty of the forests, only to pass on to future generations this love.” —-flp __ Have you ever given much thought to the great gift you have, in that you can take a piece of wood and create a work that goes on beyond the scope of our time and bears witness to the fact that you are the author of its design? Good or bad, you have...
I’ve been reading “The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking” By James Krenov. The first portion of the book is a essay on wood. It is about an attitude we have toward wood. The care we take obtaining curing and milling lumber. I’m relating to his collecting Cocobolo, Indian Laurel, flitch-cut Pearwood and something called Incensio. The special care he takes drying and storing his wood. The art of resawing logs. The spirit of being a true craftsman.I’m reflecting on this as...
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