WoodWriting Haiku Thursday's --by RusticWoodArt #58: KuroKongouseki

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….silkened oak wood grain,
shadows of a black diamond,
concept of wood dream
—-by flp


I’m not sure where this one is going at the moment, or even whats be-come//be-coming
of my wood art….?!? It seems that my mind is running more free from the confines of all
that ‘the society of other’s’ have tried to in-doctrinate me with. There were those past times
and ages when I proceeded through the traditions of man according to woodworking, but I
was all-ways left high and dry by what came forth….

….till now my soul beckons me on-ward to explore more. What can happen when wood is
united with fire, such as is seen herein with this oak slab that I free-hand cut some two years

….or maybe more important is what can happen with ‘me’, as I keep tearing down the walls
of the box//boxes that so surround and try to cling to my-self? What happens when the artist
totally goes beyond a place of under-standing within himself and surely beyond the reach of
others in his dream? And so I started burning this one earlier in the week….

….reaching for a natural wood finish of preservation. I have been thinking more and more as
of late on how to be-come more at one with my environment and my roots of woodworking.
Fire and wood gives place to a carbonization process that can create a long lasting wood self
preservation….but which leaves me wondering about my own self preservation along the way….

….and who knows, since the worst thing a person can do is ‘not failing’, but being afraid of failure
and therefore never stepping out of his//her box to see if failure is possible. My-self, I say ”failure is
impossible, since we have been hard-wired to create our own (many) possibilities and the worst thing is to spend your life asking the question ‘what if ’


And yes, I have combined two blog stories here, so I will finish up with this one. Two for the price of one, to some that may be a blessing….to ‘others’ a curse….so go on and get that second cup of tea and sit down and loose your-self in the thinking process.

WoodWindows of the Soul

….a wood-worker’s challenge is to find food for their soul’s respite ,
and you thought i was going to say a “hoard of board wood”,
or maybe trunks of trees to be used in carving out sculpture,
but with-out that soul-food one is left with-in the planes of ordinary….

….there are times and seasons when i need to gather to the woods,
where the hours can pass me by till i be-come full-filled by inspiration,
and so i walk-hike-waunder with my camera taking notice of all space,
space to let my imagination run wild and free from self imposed limits….

….took to the trail today following a path that proceeded from my heart,
out and about i was glad to get ahead of the hunters in the area herein,
colors are still good in the woods and many were the more far off views,
every-thing i needed was found outside the confinements of a backpack….

….out here i can study wood in the elements of season and weather finish,
some of these trees i keep coming back for-to celebrate their many designs,
i have found that wood tells a very natural story due to the environs of place,
and all creation awaits the next chapter that comes from turning the page….

….how many have went in-to the woods to start by reading his-story of trees,
only to find a blank space after turning the page they hoped would bark a story,
from here comes the under-standing that to be over-standing one must write ahead,
writing be-comes a place where imagination connects with a picture of what is art….

Thank you.

” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 10-22-2009 02:31 PM

Thank You, Frank. Your words and photographs all-ways leave me thought-full…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 10-22-2009 03:06 PM

Very nice Frank,

It reminds me of an old weathered tombstone.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 10-22-2009 03:27 PM

Once again Frank you have inspired me to bigger and better things

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 10-22-2009 04:09 PM

As I read your words- I can smell the smoke, see the past and have great expectations for the future.

Thanks, Frank.

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

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#5 posted 10-23-2009 06:39 PM

Hi Frank, thank you for your inspiration and soul searching words, I can’t read your Haikus without thinking of you as a Mountain Man of years ago. At ease and at peace in his world. Unhindered by the constraints of time and space. It reminds me of old stories of my youth that I enjoyed by Jack London, but more than that you get me to think of my own mortality and place in the universe. What miracles are yet to come….. GB old friend, mike

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

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