WoodWriting Haiku Thursday's --by RusticWoodArt #60: Charcoal Dreams of A WoodWorking Passion

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Blog entry by frank posted 11-05-2009 01:42 PM 1413 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Charcoal Dreams of A WoodWorking Passion

….hand tools made for wood,
old ways yearn to express self,
passion breathes new flame
—-by flp


….it’s not the fire with-out,
but the fire with-in,
that creates the who i am,
of my wooden landscape

And so once again I must ask….”who lights the fire, that burns in yonder tree ”?

I’m at a new beginning here, since I’m preparing to turn the heat up some-what….and start charbroiling some oak. This wood piece is rich in ages of history, full of stories to tell and yet to be-come a work of ‘wood art’. My opportunity of yet to come, is that there are pictures to upload, the casting of a character to set in place, and then I also have to keep the work moving along ahead of the story. Now what I’m going to say next may sound as the words of a mad man, (unless you’ve read much of my previous ramblings)....and that is, the wood has not told me the end of the story as of yet, so I am working on the fly.

….more to come!

Thank you.

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

-- --frank, NH,

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 11-05-2009 02:12 PM

Frank, I can say that I am almost shocked by the revelation that you are doing this “on the fly”. :) I have always had this mental image of you whereby you enter an almost zen like state until the wood reveals it intended purpose- very like an epiphany of sorts. And now you reveal that this is going to be a project that you simply are going to approach, much as I, a mere novice who struggles to understand what the wood is trying to tell me, would.

It will take some time to recover from this revelation but it is going to be interesting to see number 61.

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

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#2 posted 11-05-2009 03:33 PM

That is pretty
impressive and quite clever.
Not expected here.

J. Behlen
Waterlox Inc.


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#3 posted 11-05-2009 05:01 PM

Hello Scott; let me approach your ‘revelation’ on my doing this ”on the fly”. You will remember that last week I posted some commandments: My WoodWorking Ten Commandments, which go exceedingly far in explaining my approach to working the wood.

What comes next is the how to understanding of the many ways that inspiration comes to me. I’m sure I have explained this many times over in my blog stories, but many have missed and then there are a number of blogs….this one be-ing #’389’, so it is possible to have missed much of my content, since in reality what I set forth herein at LJ’s is a book on woodworking.

I do not have the time to explain here today in detail, the many ways I get revelation//inspiration and then there is the further knowledge that ‘wood talks to me’ WOW. The short story is that often the wood will reveal the whole process to me and I will see the end from the beginning….but not all-ways. Often-times the wood just speaks out and grabs my attention, so that I see a picture that can have holes in the process….makes no-difference to me as I long ago learned that this is the wood working my-self.

So lets move forward to 2 of those woodworking commandmments:
(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

....number (3.) is the big one in this case; “forget all you think you know” and “all you have been taught”. To my way of thinking this a blessed state of attainment to arrive at and one of the true forms of the zen state of mind. To empty one’s self of all preconceived ideas, even those that one has been taught….is true freedom.

You may have missed my also earlier blog//story: KuroKongouseki in which I made the following statement….”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….till now my soul beckons me on-ward to explore more. What can happen when wood is united with fire….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?

Hmmm; I would say that’s a mouth-full or better yet a mind-full, but I hope this helps a little in explaining my way of working the wood.


-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 11-05-2009 05:10 PM


With your willingness to listen to the wood and get inspiration from what you are told, I believe this is not the first piece of wood-art that will guide your hands through the transformation process.


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

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#5 posted 11-05-2009 05:23 PM

Hmm, “a hunka-hunka burning wood”... Controlled wood burning of the extreme kind… interesting approach, unique for sure and how appropriate that you go with the flame and see where this one takes you, after all a flame really desires to be set free… Mad men at work with mad tools… keep the fire buring…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 11-05-2009 06:51 PM

Thank you Frank,

I’ll be looking forward to the rest of this story.

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

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