swallows #1: Barn swallows come to visit

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 07-19-2008 09:41 PM 1115 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Somethings just make the hair on my arms stand up. My mind is in a creative whirlpool. I’m working on the piece I’m bringing to the Western Design Conference this year. It’s a Willow twigged, Purple Hearted, Cherry creation (desk and chair) and I’m surrounded by drawings of songbirds. I’m trying to add a field book style drawing to this desk and it just isn’t quite right. This is just adding to that sense of failure that has been following me like a cloud. The color and layout these birds just arent working. This morning I decided to add a swallow to the group. Next thing I know out of the corner of my eye i see these birds swirling around my head. Almost like an old cartoon. I had two swallows fly into my shop and pay me a visit. Maybe the universe does love me. It is the inspiration I needed. Form, Color, Spirit…flying swallows…just what my piece needed. Thanks God, I needed that.

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#1 posted 07-19-2008 09:56 PM

He does work in mysterious ways.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-19-2008 11:11 PM

Well ain’t that something. Sometimes you just gotta sit back a let a simple story like this just settle in. Then you say, “Cool.” The bird theme sounds interesting, I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 07-19-2008 11:25 PM

I agree with Lew, that is wonderful. I can’t wait to see the finished projects.


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#4 posted 07-19-2008 11:29 PM

You are getting help from all the great places. Thanks for the story Dennis. Looking forward to the finished product.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 07-20-2008 12:00 AM

Neat. Inspiration does come in the oddest manner at times.

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#6 posted 07-23-2008 12:32 PM

very cool.
great story – I’m glad you shared it with us.

Can’t wait to see the finished product! And when is the conference?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 07-23-2008 05:06 PM

Thanks Debbie. The conference is the first weekend in September. Just around the corner.

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