chapter 1: "Pine Bark Box" ---by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 01-10-2007 04:02 AM 1045 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

”Pine Bark Box”
....okay having said that, let me say it once again, a ’one piece bark, four sided pine box’....

The bark for this box was stripped off vertical with the tree while still green, actually about three days after I dropped the tree. By getting the bark off right away, the bark will just pop off the tree with a lockback knife. After this the bark will bend easily at three corners and all you need to do then, is secure and stabilize in the rough shape that you are going after. I might add here that it always helps if you have a short memory and can forget about the piece for a while.

These pieces I am showing here are not of the original bark box, but are from a walk I took this afternoon out into the woods. I found this bark on some pine and to show how easily the bark can be bent, I popped some bark. This is older bark that has been sitting for some time, but still good enough to use for a demonstration and who knows, maybe another ‘one piece bark, four sided pine box’ is on the way.

I will leave the rest of this story for tomorrows WordPress blog entry, but LumberJocks had it first.

Original Picture of “Pine Bark Box” as seen at

....and today….

....and more today….

I have also included in these pictures, a shot of one strip of the pine bark stipped vertically and will try and get a better shot tomorrow.

This is a ‘work in progress’ and so this one is keeping me busy as I have already started coloring one side of the outside pine bark. I have not decided how or with what to color the inside with and so I still have some sitting silence to do. Ha! Sitting down in my office this morning around 4:00 am and working on it for an hour, has led me to five different colors already. I do like color, so you can expect many divers shades and primary colors.

What could make this exciting for me is that, if I succeed then this will happen as ’I live before your eyes’ and if I fail, well as I have always said, there are no failures as failing is only the previous step before success. be continued....

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 01-10-2007 09:22 AM

Frank, I enjoy the art, but am perhaps more fascinated by the artist. I’ve frequently noticed that you are posting to this site at the strangest hours – your, not mine. And here you admit to being up at 4:00am and working. Wow! It’s dark and cold that time of morning during a New Hampshire winter – what compels you to arise so early?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 01-10-2007 01:15 PM

Hi Don;

Welcome back and glad to see your online and wireless now. I’m too much into the woods here, so wireless is not so great yet, but then I have broadband. Funny thing is that up till about three years ago we were quite dated in the area since the cable companies had not yet ran cable wire. And before that it was dial-up, talk about slow. I guess we’ve come far since those days or maybe all this techno has slowed us down with more headaches.

Ha! Yes, so you noticed the 4:00am, well yes I am up early as I like to greet the dawn of every new day! Actually I get up around 3:00 – 3:30 every morning and this is a habit I started way back when and the habit became a lifestyle. Talking about habits, well some folks have habits that kill their life-style, while mine is a habit that in-stills new life-of-style every morning. First thing I do every morning upon arising is give thanks for another day and then its off to the downstairs livingroom and kitchen to get those two woodstoves going. We heat mostly by wood so in the winter time you never forget about feeding the belly of ‘the beast’ and yes we do have have propane for back-up.

I am a morning person and this is when my mind is most alive and so I like to play in the fields of imagination, this is when new ideas and dreams come alive and take their form on paper in journals as I write and draw. Course now days I also blog a little at different sites, but this is a new habit of about two years now. In the midst of all this I also practice meditation in the morning as this keeps my mind clean, clear and focused for all the days work on my plate.

Time is slower for me in the winter then summer so I can relax a little in early winter dawn of morning and get rested for the busy days of spring and summer.

I am in love with life and so my early rising in the morning is a way of expressing this joy. Early morning is when I also answer emails and do the work of running a business according to all the rules of paperwork. Not enough hours in the day for me and yet in spite of all this I still manage to find time for walks and atv-ing, while dreaming of white water and long canoe trips in the summer.

I have studied the lives of great men and leaders and while reading about their lives one thing I have noticed about them for the most, is that they were and are, all men and women who practiced the art of being an early riser.

Hope this has not been to long for you Don, but you did say; I “am perhaps more fascinated by the artist.” Actually you just gave me an excuse to write about myself which every artist loves to do!

Have a very good day!!!

-- --frank, NH,

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#3 posted 01-10-2007 02:35 PM

Well, Frank, I guess I’m going to have to change my definition of both an early riser and an insomniac.

I always considered myself an early riser, but that changes with the seasons. I get up with the sun. Right now that is about 5:15am, but in the dead of winter (June) it’s more like 8:00am. But I normally don’t get to bed until midnight. So during the summer, my sleeping hours are less. In the summer I’m more active, in the winter I hibernate.

Now that I’m retired, my mornings are less of a rush. I don’t miss the daily commute, but I do enjoy catching up on the overseas news and seeing how the rest of the world finished off the day before. I used to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, but have given that up due to its affect on my heart’s regularity.

I try to get my obligations out of the way first, then, time permitting, spend some time in my shop with wood.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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