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—-
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.
’’….work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....’‘
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/