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"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #61: My WoodWorking Ten Commandments

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Frederick’s Francks Ten Commandments

These Ten Commandmentsments on seeing/drawing were revealed to me on a mountain, but also in a meadow, on a beach and even in the subway. For their revelation did not come all at once, but in installments, as it were, over the years, and always while I was busy drawing, and invariably on holy ground. But that may be because, while drawing, all ground is holy: unseparated from the Whole.

1. You shall draw everything and every day
2. You shall not wait for inspiration, for it comes not while you wait but while you work
3. You shall forget all you think you know and, even more, all you have been taught
4. You shall not adore your good drawings and promptly forget your bad ones
5. You shall not draw with exhibitions in mind, nor to please any critic but yourself
6. You shall trust none but your own eye, and make your hand follow it
7. You shall consider the mouse you draw as more important than the contents of all the museums in the world, for
8. You shall love the ten thousand things with all your heart and a blade of grass as yourself
9. Let each drawing be your first: A celebration of the eye awakened
10. You shall not worry about “being of your time”, for you are your time
And it is brief
by Frederick Franck

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And so I thought how about using these principles in and for woodworking, and I came up with my version//vision of a woodworkers ten commandments.

My WoodWorking Ten Commandments

1. You shall work the wood in everything and every day
2. You shall not wait for inspiration, for it comes not while you wait but while you work
3. You shall forget all you think you know and, even more, all you have been taught
4. You shall not adore your good works of wood art and promptly forget your bad ones
5. You shall not work the wood with exhibitions in mind, nor to please any critic but yourself
6. You shall trust none but your own eye, and make your hand follow it
7. You shall consider the wood you plane as more important than the contents of all the museums in the world, for
8. You shall love the ten thousand things with all your heart and the shavings of wood as yourself
9. Let each work of wood art be your first: A celebration of the eye awakened
10. You shall not worry about “being of your time”, for you are your time
And it is brief

—-borrowed from Fredrick Franck’s Ten Commandments, with my own version. My substitutions are in italics….

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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TedM

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#1 posted 1761 days ago

Thanks, Frank. As always, an inspiration.I believe I shall post this on a shop wall.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 1761 days ago

As always, Frank, you certainly give us a great of inspiration and thoughtful insight into how to deal with wood which can easily be assigned to other events which affect our daily waunderings through life. Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 1761 days ago

All things are Sacred.
Wonderful words. Thank you for sharing and for the adaptation.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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lew

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#4 posted 1761 days ago

Such wonderful words to live by. In my own life I have found 2. You shall not wait for inspiration, for it comes not while you wait but while you work to be an absolute truth.

Thank You, Frank.

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 1761 days ago

I think you should turn that into a poster and sell it.

Love your tag line.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 1761 days ago

Such deep and thoughtful words Frank. Again, they touch my soul, as, at times, does a prayer. God Bless Old Friend. m

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

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#7 posted 1761 days ago

Hey Frank you Always a fresh and unique insight

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Rustic

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#8 posted 1755 days ago

You seem to refresh my woodworking soul Frank thank you for that

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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