"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #51: Sacred Places of Wood

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Blog entry by frank posted 07-31-2009 05:04 AM 1352 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sacred Places of Wood

….herein lies the door to my soul,
and where is the worker of wood’s soul to be found,
but in the shop of their own making,
far re-moved and off the beaten path of to-day’s clutter

….out here with the wood i can let imagination spread her wings,
just as the lady called wisdom also dwells deep within these walls,
enter in at this door and one enters a sacred place as time expires,
just as in the forest of wood that so encircles me calling out my name

….were i not a worker of wood my silence would fall on deaf ears,
just as the usefulness of my be-ing is measured by my soul’s woodbeat,
i long ago learned that just as i work the wood so the wood works me,
and together over the ages we have attained an understanding of places….

—-the places i go to practice my silence are found in the forest of wood herein—-
—by flp


Morning comes early today so after a breakfast of Indian curries and rice I’m out the back door to my barn, so to have some time before the work begins and after all ,morning shots are very good in here especially with the early sun from the east….

….in here through this door is my wood-shop which at the moment lies in a state of chaos as the work continues in the fourth bay (which is being done for my wife) and my shop has be-come a catch all, after all an-other name for barns are ‘giant closets’….

….still tweaking the bench more here, which just goes to show you that one can build a work of ‘wood art’ any-where, even in the midst of construction mode, while the friend//client that I am building this Shaker bench stopped by this morning and gave me his input on the type of finish that he wants in the wood….and so we decided on one coat of tung oil, and I will brush on at least eight coats of shellac before proceeding to finish up with about four coats of varnish, which I will also brush on….

….and so my day draws to a close and it’s time to start testing out some finishes as I go searching and seeking after the color of shellac for the wood. Tonight I start lighting sanding with 80 and 120 grit on a test piece of rough sawn pine and one coat of pure 100% tung oil cut to a 50//50 mix with gum turps. One point to understand is that when testing finishes, one should all-ways proceed on the test piece with the exact same steps that will be applied on the finished piece….and yes, finishing a wood project is much looked forward to and enjoyed….

….evening comes and the lighting in here has changed just as this day passes on….

….as I head for home, I stop and look north to the mountains and so my day ends in peace.

Thank you.

’’….work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....’‘

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 07-31-2009 05:06 AM

wonderful place in and out .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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Don K.

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#2 posted 07-31-2009 05:32 AM

I agree with Jim…what a WONDERFUL place to work….I can only imagine what it would be like to work in such a shop with such beautiful views….what a inspiration it would be. Or maybe such a distraction it would be…I would probably just sit and look out the window all day

-- Don S.E. OK

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 07-31-2009 05:33 AM

Frank, I think that this is about my favorite.

How can I share with you how much I enjoy your verse?

I think this is the best way: I was just telling my wife how much I enjoyed reading your words and how meaningful it is.

I don’t comment on your entries often because I enjoy them in a quiet way.

I find enrichment in them in a way that I never expected from LJ. I am grateful for what you share.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 07-31-2009 06:01 AM

It never gets old, looking closely at and through your pictures. Looks like nice weather in New England, too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 07-31-2009 06:23 AM

It looks to me like you are living in my heaven, a place to be admired and cherished for sure. Thanks for the words Frank, as well as sharing where you live and work

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#6 posted 07-31-2009 02:04 PM

Hi Frank it is so great having you back, I never missed anyone that has left LJ’s the way I have missed you and your words of wisdom. Mostly though, you. The worst was not knowing what happened to you. You live in some pretty hostile country up there, and many things could happen to you out there and no one would ever know. I know, I sound like my own wife, she always thinks the worst. Just let us know next time you decide to take a hiatus. OK? Please? God Bless, Friends, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 07-31-2009 03:24 PM


Thank You for the tour of your barn and the wonderful words.


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

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#8 posted 07-31-2009 05:40 PM

Thank you…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 08-01-2009 12:23 AM

what a wonderful space

and that door…..... there are stories. It holds them well. Love it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 08-01-2009 04:07 AM

Hello to all….;
....and again thanks for your comments, but better yet is the understanding that through the use of words a ‘connection’ is made.

Now I must laugh at what Don K. has said about sitting at the windows and looking outside all day. I guess I might add that sitting and looking out through a window in my wood-shop is far better than sitting and looking at a computer screen all day….but the truth is I’m far too busy working to be sitting.

And in reply to RobS;
I’m not so sure about ‘nice weather’ up here in New England, as this summer has turned out to be//and stiill is….more rain then sun. Matter of fact I stopped at Borders tonight on my way home from a lumber store in Concord a picked up a copy of a book with the title of….’‘The Gift of Rain’’, by Tan Twan Eng. I guess you might say that I figured I had better start seeing all this rain as a gift rather then a curse.

....and to all others commenting herein I give thanks and say; ’’hang around and even ask a wood question and I will be only too happy to answer with my opinions.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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