"Visionary Bench Towers" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 01-26-2007 04:09 PM 972 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Visionary Bench Towers

....when coming into contact with wood,
i am at loss to explain the degree of my conceptual gain,
since this thing that feeds my blood,
is a very offset of the nature of being as i hold all my work to have not been in vain….

—-and yet this veiness of wood that so courses within,
drives me to a place where i feel more a part with the tree,
then with these-also-those others who share my herein,
just as the broadaxe hewes the line of i am curled free….

—-this ambition of wood is my feeding power,
as the life of the sapwood has melded my analytic finesse,
wherein lies the beating of heartwood visionary bench towers,
as i am splayed as rusticwoodart created for success…. —by flp

Well, and so I was thinking this morning of a word spew I had released last week about ‘how’s your underside’ and so I thought of tossing out these pictures of ‘bottoms and uppers’.

How’s your ‘bottom’ and what about your ‘topside’, and what can I do to make it easier for you, so that you can see from both sides of this wood story as art-fully complete?

Just blogging this morning with no particular place in mind to go, actually that’s what makes blogging so right on track. If I write some words today, one may ask and question as to what was that all about, however I have found that over time if you put all the stories to-gether, then you begin to see a picture of the author. Word pictures, and then there are wood pictures and when you put it all to-gether, what you have is ‘wood art’!

Slabbin’ at Wal-nut

Here’s a little photo story of a ‘live edge’ bench I did that starts to show some of the jig work, prep work, polymer and artist chalk coloring that comes before I can get to finish.

....and yes, as I have said before, I do some of my best work out of the shop and at the kitchen table. Cherry wood slab here, glued and clamped as I wait,.....patience…..much….

....again, clamped and drying….’s a photo of the ‘live edge’ slab of walnut from the underside now turned to upperside, all mortises have been cut and I have taped out the crutch area to prepare for colored polymer….

....topside, and again waiting for the polymer to be put into place after I grind up artist chalk and mix for color shade….

....close up of the crutch area again all taped and waiting…. of crutch area from head on and on top…. of crutch area from topside and finished in tung oil and rubbing varnish…. of finished bench, cherry slab legs, walnut ‘live edge’ slab bench top….

—-well, what can I say, except that I’m living the life of a ‘worker of wood’ having fun and the best is yet to come!!!

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 01-27-2007 01:30 AM

Thanks, Frank. Really enjoyed this photo story.

You’ve expressed exactly my journey in getting to know you in these words. ”If I write some words today, one may ask and question as to what was that all about, however I have found that over time if you put all the stories to-gether, then you begin to see a picture of the author.”

You call yourelf an ‘artist’, and I have no quarrel with that; but in a very real sense, I am beginning to think that you are ‘the art’.

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

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#2 posted 01-27-2007 02:03 AM

ah Don! Briliant. I think you “hit the nail right on the head”.... Frank IS the art. You are so right.

oh and the bench is a beautiful piece of artwork as well!!
I enjoyed watching it develop

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 01-27-2007 04:32 AM

Yes, very much enjoyed the step by step… thanks for sharing

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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