”How’s Your Underside Looking”
Two important points of perspective that I have come to learn, is that by knowing how to discern before the storm, is then being ably prepared to circumvent from within the storm, when it is upon me, and therefore give thanks for the storm, since I am now empowered to manipulate my course through this situation of cause and effect.
And so as workers of wood, one might ask how does ‘cause and effect’ relate to me….”I just want to work some wood and be pleased by the results I get and if another person comes along and likes what I have done than this is just great or the icing on the cake.”
Any woodworker and yes, I do prefer the use of the term ‘workers of wood’, who thinks that the above statement is true of him//her-self, is in reality, only deceiving to their own selves. We as workers of wood are ego freaks, yes I am and so are you, so come on and admit it, be truthful about yourself and you will find that self will be true to you! Now lets all say this one more time together now, I am an ego freak who loves to express my-self in the things I create. Once you can admit to that, you are well on the way to being ‘the cause’ of your wood art and not just another casualty of ‘the effect’ of ones wood art.
Once I have begun to understand the interpretation of what I have just said, then I will be better enabled to go forth and translate my vision of what is in the wood, into a transformed piece of art that causes me to achieve the standard of approval that I am worthy of. So then one might just about now ask, where is this going and where does all this ‘cause and effect’ come into my life at working wood?
You are not the victim of a situation and when a situation comes your way, you can in turn choose to be the cause for the betterment of that situation and not the effected result which leads to demise. Let my state this another way by saying; “I am prepared to induce my success in any crisis of situation that comes along since I control my cause of approval! And yes their was a time before learning this, that I lumbered along and counted myself lucky if I managed to survive a situation, since I only knew the understanding of wrongful thinking, that I was at the mercy of situations that gave birth to crisis and I was happy to survive their effects.
So getting back to the original thought and title of this article: “How’s Your Underside Looking”...., and “two important points of perspective that I have come to learn….” What and oh yes, maybe you have not thought of it that way, you thought those two important points where about ‘cause and effect’, ha, well so goes the twist of fate and the fun of blogging and being able to say and play at what I do. Ha! I was just thinking that if I wanted to really play around with ‘cause and effect’ according to the rules of blogging and ‘search engines’, I could have named this piece; ‘show me your underside’ or even ‘show me your bottom’ and Martin might have really gotten some traffic to this website. In this way of thinking again, I am the cause of the rating since I know how to get results, instead of just being at the mercy of the results that can effect me by not being prepared.
Two important points of perspective that I have come to learn are, when you are showing a piece of wood as ‘wood art’:
1.) Folks are going to want to touch and stroke that piece of wood and if your wood is not up to this, then you are going to be ‘effected’ by the results you get when they sharply pull away their hand from your work. That hand of the customer is only an extension of their mind and what is incorporated in their mind is the image of how your wood art should feel. You did not tell them how your wood should feel and that definition of how the wood should feel is one that they themselves wrote in over a time of past experiences of touching wood. And make no mistake, if you do not allow your wood art to be touched by their hands of flesh, you the artist have already lost. If you have ever watched the hand that goes to seeking out a piece of wood and then watch that hand sharply drawn back in the ‘effect’ of disgust at not being smooth, then you will also know the sinking feeling that follows in the pit of your stomach. To the artist who presents smooth wood to the customer, that artist will watch in amazement as the public is drawn to the touch, feel and stroke of the wood as he knows that he is ‘the causer’ of this moment. The good news is that this is one way ‘to cause’ an art sale!
2.) Folks are going to want to see, touch, feel and inspect the underside of your piece of art. I have watched folks get down on their hands and knees at shows so that they can look at the underside. If your piece on the underside does not match or excel in quality of work as to your topside, then once again you are the loser who has succumbed to the ‘effect’ of being found as not being prepared for the quality of situation!
Whenever I have seen this happen, and notice that these folks are down on their knees inspecting my art, I am always fast to engage them in talk and if possible, to make it easier for them to view the piece from the underside, even by turning the piece over or by standing the art upright in the case of a bench or table. I have taken and continue to take a positive joy in causing my attention to detail, to be a pleasing and effective form of artistic expression that is therefore passed on to those who are looking at my art.
I might add here that I have never been afraid of anyone wanting to view my wood art with the intent that they might be wanting to copy or steal my design. Most of what I do in the form of RusticWoodArt is one of a kind and though I do have some pieces that I will reproduce, I am always only too happy to share the ‘how of’ and ‘how to’ so that any and all, may take what I have and make their own. I tell folks that I have been blessed with so many ideas running around in my head, that if I were to give them all out today, then all I have to do is ask for more ideas and I will be given more. There is a funny side note to this as I remember a few years ago I was in the gallery of a well known supplier of rustic furniture in the upstate region of NY, and I just happened to be down on my hands and knees looking at what was being sold out of his gallery. Well you can imagine my surprise, when I heard him loudly describing to me how he has removed or thrown out the many who come to steal and copy his designs and then go on to sell his rustic work as their own. First of all it never was his anyways since he has put it on public display. I told him I was sorry to have offended him, but that in reality I was only seeking a chance to admire his work and I would never think of imitating the work in his gallery as I had too many ideas running around in my own head looking for avenues of escape. I did feel sorry for this individual after leaving, since what I had seen from the underside was a story of metal brackets at corner joints and metal wood screws, not exactly what I call original hand made rustic.
To my way of thinking anyone who wants to copy, take pictures of, or take my design, this is only the highest form of compliment that you could ever pay me or any artist. The ideas that I have been freely given, these same ideas I freely give away as taking no thought to charging for. I do charge for my works of wood art, I do charge to demonstrate how to make furniture in a workshop setting, but those ideas that run in my imagination, these I freely give away and this is in truth how I keep the supply freshly coming! FREELY RECIEVED, FREELY GIVEN!!!
....and so show me your underside….
....that I might touch, feel and inspect….
This piece of wood art I have named “Ezra’s Wood Pit” which is a name I have taken from Nehemiah 8:4 where it says that Ezra stood at a ‘pulpit of wood’. And so I have taken the word pulpit and did a word play on it by calling pulpit a ‘wood pit’. Pulpit to me sounds like something that is pulling in and therefore I have watched this piece of wood art pull folks into “Ezra’s Wood Pit”. Folks cannot keep their hands off of it and will just stand there talking to me so they can continue stroking the wood.
And yes the top is ‘spalted maple’ finished in tung oil and hand rubbed varnish, while joined to a base of pine that is finished in colored shellac.
You all have a very good day!!!
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/