"Gulping at Great Gulps of WoodShop Wilderness" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 01-24-2007 03:12 PM 890 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Gulping at Great Gulps of WoodShop Wilderness
....well yesterday was one of those days when I decicded to take the advice of another one of those Sages of Past….

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” —by: Albert Einstein

Ah yes, so refreshing it is to hear these thoughts, that upon entering my shop yesterday, I just knew that I had had enough of this working box barn space. So not quite knowing what to do, but feeling an outer box experience was in order, I rambled back into the house where I found my wife in the kitchen area cooking an early morning breakfast. We both work out of the farm here as she also runs a business from an in house office and so this allows us both a certain amount of freedom in our daily affairs. Well I knew something was up when she looked at me with a ‘gleaming twinkle’ in her eye and asked me; “what’s on your aggenda today, Frank?”

Never one to miss the ‘opportune possibilities’ of one who knows the words “lets get out of here”, I knew it was time to head up north and so being adjustable I dropped all thoughts of shop work, closed up shop and we escaped to the territories of the north.

....about 45 minutes down the road and we’re in the Great White Mountains of NH and so I stopped to shoot a picture of Cannon Mountain, located in Franconia NH.

....and passing on through we continued north, where I was heading to circle around the backside of Mt. Washington.

Destination, The Great Gulf Wilderness....; “Cradled within the rugged crescent of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range lies the Great Gulf Wilderness. This peaked carpet begins at Mount Washington, unfurling north and east to cover the flanks of Mounts Jefferson, Adams, and Madison. Then, finally, it enfolds the Great Gulf, the largest cirque in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The small and beautiful Spaulding Lake lies on the floor of this steep-walled bowl and is drained eastward by the West Branch of the Peabody River. Many rivulets tumble into the Peabody from both sides of the glacially carved valley. From the headwall rising 1,100 feet to 1,600 feet above the bowl’s bottom, the gulf drops ruggedly east for about 3.5 miles, then flattens into more open country for another 1.5 miles.”

....and going from left to right, there are: Mt. Jefferson, top and to the back and all covered with snow; Mt. Adams and Mt. Madison. Right in the middle is the Great Gulf Wilderness and all waiting to take your imagination for a ride!

Yes, and so we are workers of wood around here, I am never far from my camera since there abounds ‘wood art’ in all the many places that I go. Woods galore and all waiting to inspire and transpire as my imagination takes a hike and flys out of the bounds of leather connected shoe feet.


Ha! Good thing I left my chainsaw at home so as not to put temptation before my eyes!!! You all have a very good day!

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 01-24-2007 05:01 PM

you know you have a healthy Spirit, when….
1) you know when it is time to get out of the box
2) your partner is having the exact same insight at the exact same moment
3) the results are so inspiring and magnificent!!

The first image looks like a wave cresting, ready to curl over everything below. Beautiful as usual!

Isn’t it interesting that the blog I posted this morning talked about knowing when to do the “want to” intead of the “have to” [ or should I say, making the “want to” into a “have to”] in order to stay balanced and in tune with life. And here you are, talking about getting out of the box.

It sounds like you had an exceptionally wonderful day yesterday. I can’t wait to hear about what you created today with that breath of freshair inside you!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 01-25-2007 09:01 AM

Frank, I’ve just had a most enjoyable trip. I used Google Earth to locate the vantage points from which you took your top two pictures. I believe I found the exact locations. The views were virtually identical, because it’s possible to tilt the 3D views to provide the same perspective. Although the mountains are not snow covered in the Google Earth views, they are the same in most other respects.

Thanks for sharing these with us.

If anyone would like to see these views, send me your email address via the LumberJocks PM service and I will send you the links.

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

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