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WoodWriting Haiku Thursday's --by RusticWoodArt #53: Art-Full Creation of a Megalomaniac

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Art-Full Creation of a Megalomaniac

….en-livened by wood,
wood megalomaniac,
shadows urge me on
….
—-by flp

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This one is a left-over from Katrina some four years ago, which was transported north into my ‘neck of the woods’, while being introduced up here to yankee hospitality back around 2006-2007. My wife introduced me to a family, who were new in the area and still learning of what was to come as we were approaching winter at the time. So after dinner we retired into the library//studio and talk turned to a bench which I was finishing up in the room, (yes I know, sometimes my house even be-comes a place to work in)....and from there the talking led on to furniture and some of my ‘wood art’. Well just to keep this story short, I’ll throw out a few lines of what happened next.

The next time I saw them, they had a present for me, which their young son was very excited about giving me, (matter of fact the whole family was excited) and wanted me to have this exotic and intoxicating, (don’t you love a good word play at description) chunk of wood. Seems that after Katrina had left the area, they were walking the beach one day and found this one washed up on the sand. They carried it home and when they came north they brought this new member of the family along with them, where it sat in their living room. Then after the meeting and friendship with me in my home, they realized the wood was searching for me and would never be satisfied until united with it’s intended other. These folks came from Texas, and stopped over in Florida before coming north to New England….and then after giving the wood to me, they decided it was too cold up here and went back south. I never saw them again, but it’s makes me wonder at how the pieces of the puzzle, in this universe all work together, just to keep things moving straight, on-line and in touch with the ’art-full creation of a megalomaniac’.

So the wood has been drying out some years now in my barn, and some-times we say hello to each other quite frequently, and then at other times months can log-roll on by. Recently though the wood has started talking and I have taken to sitting with her for spells of time, while also it’s been a time of testing area’s of her amorous skin with light sanding and some gouging of the wood. Time will tell, but I’m quite happy with her just way she is, but like the lady she is, she keeps urging me on with some added hints of her beauty. And after all is done and said; “….is this not just like a Lady”?

Just a side note here that some have noticed and stated about, .... in truth, truly I am one; who is practising in the art of romanticism—-a dreamer who has awakened from a long sleep. Yes I am not afraid to admit that those crayons and coloring books that I used as a child, but was later persuaded to put away and grow up so as to be-come an adult, have long ago been picked back up. The only difference now is that I think out-side the box, using my imagination, and to this day reject any form of entity that would have me come back and be like them. My life is lived according to no-one book or no-many books and matter of fact the reality of my own illusion is found in the fact that I am the writer of my own book. I like best that which was penned by Henry David Thoreau when he wrote the following words; “….A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on it’s hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”

As I have mentioned before, but will once again reinteriate, I have never been formally trained in the skills of wood-working and while I have many tombs of books about wood and technique, the fact is I have never finished reading any-one of them, at any one time//sitting. Therefore I have no-gurus who are icons be-fore mine eyes and over time I have learned that who I am, is the actor or worker-of-wood and that this is the challenge of opportunity which we all can be. The ‘very best’ of ‘very good’ that I can say about my life, my work, my play is that I have no-regrets and were my time here to end tomorrow, than of a truth I can say that my life is in-deed very good. I could go further on and say that I have no-past, and the future is yet to come, so I spend my time-of-space living in the ‘moment of now’.

Some-times it’s hard to know where to draw the line, that de-fines me here at a woodworking site, since there is no-separation of me from my ‘wood art’. Every-where I go I am all-ways on the lookout for a way to sell my-self and my-self is best explained by how I ‘work the wood’ and how the ‘wood works me’.

See what I mean, here I have done it again….what started out as a simple wood-working haiku day has now gone all the way around and past full circle, so I hope no-one is offended by what I have said and where the journey of words have taken us, but then again….that’s just who I am.

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank
RusticWoodArt

rusticwoodman@gmail.com
http://frank.wordpress.com/

—-
....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1794 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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lew

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#2 posted 1794 days ago

The ‘very best’ of ‘very good’ that I can say about my life, my work, my play is that I have no-regrets and were my time here to end tomorrow, than of a truth I can say that my life is in-deed very good

I envy you, Frank. So few can say this and even fewer actually mean it.

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

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scrappy

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#3 posted 1794 days ago

I agree with lew. Very few can saw that truthfully.

Thank you for shareing your wisdom of words. You speek to us of what the wood speeks with you.

There are reasons for all things. That piece of wood wanted to find you and did. Now when it speeks, you are there for it, to listen and share its wizdom with the rest of us, and we will all be better for it.

Thank You
Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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RobS

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#4 posted 1794 days ago

That’s it! That is the piece I have asked about in a recent post. I saw it in the background of one of you pictures, and how fitting that, like me, it has TX and NH ties.

And I just read last night, in reference to your books, et all, above;
“Great material with solid approaches to results have been created an taught. Unfortunately, action on the part of the reader/student in so many cases is the missing ingredient. And for those individuals who do take action, there are even a smaller number who make the extra effort necessary to reach the desired results that were originally set to achieve.” by S.I.Parker

Kind of fitting in a way. Thanks for answering a question of mine with a photo, a story and other words of wisdom.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 1794 days ago

A most insightful post….I always enjoy a good exploration through that inner world we all share…some just endure it…some embrace it…and some ignore it. True artists are the ones that embrace and give it meaning and life. I think we all are improved by art and its effect on our lives. What a dull world it would be without creativity…

Thank you again Frank for another fine adventure….I always enjoy the journey…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 1793 days ago

212°
the extra degree

211 1
212 3
thoughts & facts 17
actions 45
212 reflections 53
afterword 71

At 211 degrees, water is hot.
At 212 degrees, it boils.

And with boiling water,
comes steam.
And with steam,
you can power a train.

One degree.
Applying one extra degree of temperature to water means
the difference between something that is simply very hot
and something that generates enough force to power a
machine – a beautifully uncomplicated metaphor that
ideally should feed our every endeavor – consistently
pushing us to make the extra effort in every task, action and
effort we undertake. Two-twelve serves as a forceful drill
sergeant with its motivating and focused message while
adhering to a scientific law – a natural law. It reminds us
that seemingly small things can make tremendous
differences.

So simple is the analogy, that you can stop
reading right now, walk away with the opening thought
firmly planted in your mind and benefit from it for the rest
of your life.

That’s the purpose of this book – to help you internally
define and take ownership of the most fundamental
principle behind achieving life results beyond your
expectations – a simple idea with a singular focus – an
actionable focus.

Two-twelve.
It’s this dramatic – three numbers joined together to form
one, crystallizing a message that absolutely assures life
altering positive results for those who choose to apply it.

212
Still looking for the “silver bullet” or “quick fix”
to achieving great results?
Stop.

Reams of material are written and taught with an approach
to reaching an end by close to effortless means – and more
will be written. Advertising messages continually promote
methods of achieving end results with little or no effort.

And this material and these messages are so effective that
in many cases people will work harder to avoid the extra
effort than actually applying the extra effort that will
produce the originally desired outcome.

Great material with solid approaches to results have also
been created and taught. Unfortunately, action on the part
of the reader/ student in so many cases is the missing
ingredient. And for those individuals who do take action,
there are even a smaller number who make the extra effort
necessary to reach the desired results that were originally
set to achieve. Books are purchased, programs are attended
and clubs are joined with wonderful intentions of putting
forth the effort to achieve – only to end in another block of
time invested half-heartedly with appropriately
corresponding results. Why?

Why do you enter into any activity with anything but a
commitment to achieve your objective of that activity – not
a desire to achieve your objective, but a commitment?

212 is not only a message of action – it’s a message of
persistent and additional action – the continual
application of heat (effort) to whatever task or activity you
undertake in order to achieve not only the primary
objective you seek, but to reap the exponential rewards
that are possible by applying one extra degree of effort.
Illustrated in the following pages are examples and
thoughts that should help you further understand and
remind you of the exponentially different results that are
possible by applying one extra degree of effort.

Illustrated in the following pages are examples and
thoughts that should help you further understand and
remind you of the exponentially different results that are
possible by applying one extra degree of effort.
by Sam Parker

http://www.just212.com/video/index.aspx
http://www.learncom.com/pdf/docu196623.pdf

....and thanks Rob for pointing this one out!

GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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