....yes, there we have it, as all spelled out in the definition of our character as one coming into this world of woodworking and being ‘tenacious’ of soul….
And how much tenacity does it take to be a worker of wood when all around us we are filled with the images of store bought and store brought composites and even now I can get manufactured plastic wood that requires little or no maintenance, or so ‘they say’. And so once again I must ask myself who these ones are, that are called experts at saying, “I have said?”, and then again, NO; I am not going there.
Manufactured wood for decks and homes till I am feeling and reeling from the after-effects and after-shock of what has happened and where do I fit in-to this picture. I think that I am a soul that has been born to late for this world of plastic, as I seem to be a ‘wooden mis-fit’ that others in marketing are trying to fit into their slots for their use. Like taking a wooden tree nail and then driving this piece of wood into a plastic frame, while taking no thought of what happens when corrosion sets in, or in other terminology, non-destructive testing. Ha! And then again, since I am this relic of a mis-fit I do serve a purpose of creating job security for those in marketing fields.
I have a place close by, about an hours hike from my house that is virtually undiscovered by others in my area. This place I have shown to one other soul and even they have since forgotten what lies in view when seen from on top, so I keep quite about the location and occasionally show some photos. I have not been there lately and will, still wait awhile longer till the snows come before returning. Close by and yet there is a climb to the top, while viewed from the ground there appears to be nothing up there. Perfect, I say and as such I have named this place, “Secret Garden”.
Here is a picture I took last year and shows this pine struggling to grow for all its worth out of the side of this granite boulder. Tenacity is the art of growth in the situation of environment where you have been placed. One might say that this small pine was born in the wrong place of time and what are its chances for future growth, however the pine has not given up, while the granite rock has accepted the pine and together they grow together as one.
See, I have even learned from that pine and rock, and can further learn that I can even grow where my seed has fell and sprouted. So in all this today, I also give thanks for all those marketers of new ideas who keep me awake and on my toes!
....enjoy the picture….
You all have a very good day!!!
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/