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Blog entry by frank posted 07-03-2007 02:00 PM 899 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anisotropic is Wood

....stilled by the beauty of this moment,
i am increased in size by my understanding of wood,
by the elements of being anisotropic along the grain lines of direction of movement,
there yet remains the reciprocally of perpendicular axis….

—-these are they that seek to overtake me, along my path of waundering dimensions,
caused in part by my make up of being a cellular fiber individual,
who according to my growth rings which also rotate with respect to moisture content,
along three axis’s of my being which ‘just is’—-longitudinal-radial-tangential…. if there be any who are not yet lost in this word play at being wood,
then stick around for a while through the seasons of my changing climates,
and i will give you a new understanding of what goes on behind that bark,
that so conceals and protects me from the prying eyes of those who walk on by….

And I thought ‘wood joinery’ was something that could be helped along with glue, iron element//steel alloy nails and screws, before I came to understand that all that was needed, was an appreciation for what is….before my eyes….ironwood//hornebeam.

Types of Wood :
Hornbeam: But, speaking of hard woods, the palm goes to the Hornbeam, otherwise, for this very reason, known as “Ironwood.” You remember my saying of this tree, in November, that it was “little, but oh, how tough!” Now listen to what a student of trees many years ago (as you can see by his deliciously quaint language) said about it: “In time it waxeth so hard that the toughness and hardness of it may be rather compared unto horne than unto wood; and, therefore, it was called Hornebeam.” Another writer, speaking of the struggles of the fathers of early New England with this tough but useful little citizen, says: “The Hornebound tree is a tough kind of wood that requires so much paines in the riving as is almost incredible, but is most excellent for to make bolles and dishes, not being subject to cracke or leake.” The Romans used this wood for their chariots, and it actually rivals steel in strength and in ability to resist strain. In the early days in this country, when metal was scarce, the wood of the Hornbeam was used for rake teeth, levers, mallets, and particularly for the beams of ox-yokes, just as the Romans used it. Its chief use now is for tool-handles and mallets.”

And so I pass on through the spur of the moment, moving on to those things which reside outside my space of interior, into the realms of exterior….found this one last week outside our bathroom window, on the outside looking in from his//her ledge….what must have been those thoughts….

....and then there are those moments when I rotate my viewing sight and look upward or downward, ( it really depends from where one stands ) to gaze into the face of all that gathers….

....yes, here I am at today, and so my mind is thinking of kayaks and water….with wood in the foreground….

....I had to travel some in the afternoon of yesterday, so while out and about, I soon found myself at one of our lesser visited state parks here in NH….Ahern Sate Park….

....this is a good spot for canoing and kayaking….and is not frequented by large crowds during the week and even on weekends remains fairly free from traffic….although once out on the ‘big lake’, traffic and wakes can be what you make of them….

Thank you.

”....after hearing the wood begin to talk, my eyes of vision soon found the need of adjustment, since from the view-point of where i now stood, all the trees gave off their finest impressions of art-full ‘wood art’….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 07-03-2007 02:35 PM

the inner workings… a secret (or not so secret, for some) world.

The kayak really looks inviting.. and that park… I can feel the tranquility.. it calls to me

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-03-2007 06:04 PM

Looks like the frog enjoyed the settings too! Good job as always Frank.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 07-04-2007 02:18 AM

A beautiful New Hampshire lake. Thanks, Frank.

-- John

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