"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #65: Unorthodox WoodWorking Tools....

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Blog entry by frank posted 11-16-2009 02:52 AM 3641 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Unorthodox WoodWorking Tools….

….at some point in my woodworking story,
the point was made that i must create beyond,
“beyond what” i heard my-self asking again until,
“until the dreams you have be-come art” i perceived….

….so much that i was more at the world’s lost end of my-self,
since all my be-ing up until then had be-come as un-perceived,
works of art back then all included “other’s” concept for wood,
till the responsibility back then was all laid on my shoulders….

….so much was my relief that came from sitting with wood,
to understand the perceptions of wood as be-ing a player,
creating art is the releasing of a work built first in-side,
and as the art explains it-self i convert that out-side….

—-by flp


Just to think upon an art-full creation is to give life into that object before you. In art there is no such thing as good or bad, as what is laid out before the eyes of the be-holders, is interpreted by their perceptual experience. Working with wood was first brought out from my need to convert wood into a cash product….and then there was the need to heat my castle. Supplying heat for my wood-stoves took me back into the woods where I found my-self working with trees. To give the short version here, is that in those woods I found the silence of soul that I craved. It was in this silence that I learned to listen to trees and the stories they were more then willing to share with one noisy as I used to be. Much could be written about trees, but let me just say that I started learning a new type of wood joinery (or might I go and say; living tree//branch joinery), along with the beauty of experiencing their natural art. Experiencing art, now there’s a new one to think upon, till one will also need make use of their many senses, which will often ‘make use’ of the many more then five traditionally taught senses. Well enough said for now….and lets proceed on to working the wood.

Unorthodox WoodWorking Tools….

To give a better understanding of the piece of wood art I am bringing forth….known as KuroKongouseki and so I have decided to include some of the more unorthodox woodworking tools I am using at the moment on this piece. You may notice that the tools so far are all of the non-electrical form for working wood. Yes, when I originally took the tree down I did use a gasoline chainsaw, and then I did use the chainsaw to free hand cut this wood slab, but since then all my tools have been hand powered. Slowly over time I have started un-plugging my power tools, finding that now….the only tools that excite me any-more are of the hand powered type. While many in this day of woodworking have decided to move forward to more and bigger (better?) powered tools, I have by choice chosen to move back in time learning a new way of working the wood through un-conventional thought and technique. Slowly over time I have been giving away some of my smaller power tools and who knows but that yet in the future I shall be free of all those power tools that were used to malign the wood after my way of thinking. Again let me add here that for all woodworkers who use and want to acquire more power tools, I am in no-way making a judgment upon you as to good or bad….this is just my way and direction I am evolving into.

I have not posted many pictures of the more recent burn-in, except for that one photo at the start of this story and then I decided to show some of the tools I used to get the look above. First I made use of a larger model of a propane torch that I often use around here on the land….

….next there are the pair of dogs used to give a good all around burn. I can now move on….

….to my last set of tools used on the blackened wood slab. First you will see is the woolite scrubbie that is used to remove all excess carbon charcoal on the wood piece and then of course I use a good stiff and broken in brush to further clean the project. I might mention that there will come soon, a time when I will use a plugged in power tool of sorts….which is an electrical blower to further clean out and into the cracks of the wood. So you may also understand now that I am no-purist when it comes to working the wood….

….more to come:
Charcoal Dreams of A WoodWorking Passion
Phantom of My Woodworking Heart

Thank you.

Two of my other woodworking blogs:

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

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 11-16-2009 04:23 AM

..and of course, the best tool of all, is your imagination!

I’m liking that burned slab more and more. I’m starting to see where you are going with this and it does, indeed, look beautiful.

Burning as a tool of woodworking would have been a common tool from way back, as we’ve probably all seen people make bowls, spoons, canoes by burning the part of the wood away that isn’t part of what you’re making ( or even to cut the tree down in the first place).

So even the fire is your tool – whether we call it conventional or unconventional is a matter of point of view, isn’t it? fire having been a far more conventional tool than probably anything else.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 07:08 AM

Hot stuff in the forest tonight

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 05:32 PM

Have propane, will burn… the color is awesome.. keep on keeping on…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 04:30 AM

—-Steve; great point of contact//connect here! Imagination….ah the beauty of that word, reaching far into the depths of spirit….soul….soil….trees and out into the beyond’s of space. Some-thing we all have, but some are afraid to admit to and therefore can-not make use of in their world. You are also right….what a great woodworking tool, I could//should go on and say; ”with all thy wisdom and understanding, make use of imagination”. I left ‘fire’ out to see if any-one reading would comment on ‘fire as a woodworking tool’....thanks.

—-thanks Jim

—-Rob; might we also say; “Have propane, will burn….” and I will add; ”with propane, wood can-not be profane?”’


-- --frank, NH,

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