....as told by one who was a misfit all his-elfin-self, till one day while out walking in the forest of dark woods gathering branch wood, he ran into the spirit of an ‘old timer’ who saw into the recesses of this one’s heart, and from that day forth i have never left the deep woods of wood joinery….
Having an imagination that is vivid and livid with complete color scale has at times been both a curse and a blessing, till one day getting tired of shifting back and forth between the two, I decided to call them both forth as one….’very good’. Very good speaks life and life is what I am all about, so as an artist I create ‘wood art’ that speaks life to those who behold and possess.
....and you will have to excuse me, if I start to ramble off occasionally in this blog, since this is a tall tree of a subject to climb and if I go off on a branch of the wood subject, well just bear with me as I also must bear my own-self at times. I probably will have to make this into a series as I have not the time in one sitting to even broach this subject of wood joinery and I am not an expert on the subject either, so if you want an expert’s advice….well go and find an expert. Ha, to me this can best be summed up by the advice of a master from an-other setting in time, who also was a woodworker. His words ran one day something like this while talking about experts and scribes; ”....you search the scriptures hoping to find life and it is those words written by others that bear witness of me and yet you are un-willing to come to me that you might have life…..” And that’s what I did for a very big part of my life, I was a scribe who studied other scribes and then scribed it all together as finish carpentry, rough carpentry, timber framer, cabinets, barn restorer, house restorer and though I had imagination, my building of wooden things was dead. And then came the day when I met one who told me of things like….’speaking wood’....’the wood talks if one will just listen’, and still my wooden things were dead. Till one day I went and sat with wood….and sat with wood at the base of a tree in the forest….and sat with wood in my barn….and sat….and in all this sitting I started to learn to learn silence by being patient. And the more I got silent, the more the noise within my head got louder with distractions and reminders of what I must yet do in the immediate. I now call these distractions ‘dusty dirt devils’....like when you go to vacuum those dirt devils out of your carpet and so you turn the vac on and then comes the noise….but, if one will have patience, silence will come. And so just as this one above was saying, “you will search and study, but you will not come to me”....that’s where I was till I finally went to the source itself or let me play with words here….it’s-elf, which for me was the ‘wood’! Now by this point one may start to understand one of the reasons why I also call my self by no-name as an expert, since if there be any experts or scribes still reading at this point, well I imagine they’re shaking their heads in un-belief or rolling in laughter….”wood talks to this guy” and I’m just glad I’m not living in the 1700’s of Salem.
....see what I mean by bearing with me, now where were we earlier….?
What I have learned is that wood is a living thing, made up of cellular content just as we are….wood breathes, wood moves, wood grows, wood bears young-ums, wood protects, wood lives, wood has a body-soul and spirit, wood cracks and breaks just like us, wood was before me and will be after me, and wood has joints….which this writing is all about, however unless one understands the all other aspects of ‘wood beings’, how will you know the where all of it’s ‘joints’....
....and as I sat in silence waiting to hear the wood talk, I also continued working the wood till one day the work of wood cried out to me as saying; Frank, you are my work”. Looking around I said , “what?”, and once again there came the voice saying, “you are my work and a very good work you are”.
Now I am going to shift some gears here and give some thought-full reading to any who want it on some writings for wood joinery….
THE MORTISE AND TENON JOINT
Misugi Designs Inc. and be sure to also check out his Links to Related Sites
Joinery List ....this one is especially very good and one should be able to figure out the how to’s by studying the pictures….enjoy!
....and so as to not confuse the issue here, as you study wood joinery yourself, you alone will have make the decisions as to which ones can be done without the use of glues or metal fasteners….and so there is much out there on this subject, however many who practice the art of wood joinery just are not talking….so one must practice….or then also, one can go and just ask the wood!
....and so if one wants to understand wood, what better place can one go then into the deep woods of forest and learn from the young about their wood joints….
....to be continued….and I might add that if any want to hijack this blog and add their input or links of wisdom along with pictures….what-ever….feel free to go for it. I might add that what I know of wood joinery comes from my way of working the wood first of all by hand and using mainly hand tools, with some bits of machines, so I would also welcome any input from workers of wood who do this by machines and jigs….
”....all i ever was, is found in the now of who and what i am, no-thing more and no-thing less, all i am ‘just is’….”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/