Three Acts of Working the Wood
….three acts of working the wood that have be-spelled me,
one is the art of hand-cutting wood joinery,
two is the collection and using of old weathered wood,
three is the beauty of creating pieces of ‘wood art’….
And so while out in the barn today, I started getting a bit mind fried at cutting some wood joints, so I decided to take a break and practice some meditation. Gathered three boards that I had collected last week, brewed up some ‘pu-erh’ tea and lost my-self in wonderment of what was before me. Next I shifted gears to a piece of wood (poplar) that has been drying out for some time and that was when I decided it was time to create. Hand sanded this last one with #80 and #150 sandpaper and then applied a coat of tung oil to get the grain to pop.
These are the acts of wood-working that hold a claim upon my heart. Often times I have found that when-ever I start to burn-out from doing some tedious wood act like handing cutting many wood joints, it is just a simple step of refreshment to just sit in silence and let time pass me on by. After a-while I soon re-joined myself to the work of cutting those joints and then started a light hand sanding of the wood with #80 grit sandpaper.
….well at least that wedding present is getting closer to being finished and I’m happy to see the progress that is being made.
’’….work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....’‘
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/