"Dawning Grace" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 08-07-2007 12:49 PM 869 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dawning Grace

....facing the dawn,
this re-curring dream,
seeks to implode upon my horizontal vision,
and i having only two hands start working again….

—-were it not for the silence that so surrounds me,
i would be tempted to turn on a machine,
since by the familiar sounds of a motors running dialogue,
can the equations of wood time be speeded up somewhat….

—-but not this dawn,
as my hand reaches for the broadax,
this morning i will make my peace with this piece of wood,
as i first stop and taste the feel of cold steel….

—-i give thanks for the dawn,
for herein lies the breaking crack of the veil,
that separates the darkness of night,
from the warming light of coming day….

—-i create in the very good inspiration of dawn,
where silence now is rhythmically broken by re-sounding thuds,
just as now i look upon this maple log,
that rejoices in her soon to be coming out….

—-were it not for the silence which precedes the thud,
i would be overtaken at noise pollution,
but out here in the floor space of barn wood,
i work as having not even turned the lights on yet….

—-candles cast a shadow before the breaking dawn,
my hand tools are older than the eye of i,
and who knows if i shall have the time to finish this art-full log,
since time carries a stronger broadax in it’s own hand….

——reaching now to face my dawn,
i place this dream back inside my chest for rest,
the years have been faith-full with the singing sounds of patience,
and once again i give thanks in completing my downward swing….

....dawn carries a face all it’s own,
just as before coming awake,
i looked in the mirror to see your face,
now there comes the sounds of dawn

Thank you.

”....if it were not for this second of wood-full grace, my oneness would be in need of freakin’ out, since before the sound of eternities watch-full eye, i saw the all of many creations of what is now ‘wood art’….”

-- --frank, NH,

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 08-07-2007 02:15 PM

I think I understand, Frank. A month ago Forrest Fretwell, who is a world class silversmith, and I were gathering his cows in the Owyhee Mountains. It occured to me that I felt sorry for anyone who had not had the pleasure of watching the sun come up while sitting on a good horse in the silence of God’s wonders. Peace to you, my friend.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Bob Babcock

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#2 posted 08-07-2007 06:50 PM

Beautifully said Frank. Dawn transforms the mundane to the sublime. My favorite time of day. The relative quiet, the light softer, take a deep breath and begin to plan the day.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 08-07-2007 07:03 PM

yah.. starting the day off on the right foot … and the rest, well… life is grand!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 08-07-2007 07:10 PM

Tempted to turn on a machine…glad you didn’t!
Great pictures Bob.

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