"Feeding the Belly of the Beast" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 10-16-2007 04:22 AM 1253 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Feeding the Belly of the Beast being true to my nature, I knew it was time to stop being cold and so last night was the initial first light, of feeding the ‘belly of the beast’.

Been way busy around here as of late, workin’ mostly outside and farther on down in the forest of woods. So not much time for posting, but I have been gathering a lot of outside wood photos for future blog stories and also for winter gazing when I need to escape the realities of all that soon coming snow.

Like here I’ve been going over a write up on my next installment of “Slabbin’ at Wood” and realizing that it just is not going to make it tonight. So here we go with a fast zippy blog of what’s happening on the inside at home here. Put the wood in and struck a match last night, so it’s official now….I’m in the wood burning mode till come spring. Three wood stoves, one in the kitchen, this one in the living room and then there’s the one in the sun-room, and yes they all have an enormous appetite for wood. Three more bellies to feed around here and so I start usually in October with feeding the ‘belly of this beast’ and then by November it’s time to get the two others going. So I happened to come downstairs last night around 2 o’clock to check the fire and throw some more wood on, yes I know….an-other habit that is now also in ‘the process’ till come spring. It’s not much fun waking up, upstairs and feeling your nose being cold, knowing that downstairs it’s even colder yet….ah yes, the pleasures of working with wood. LOL….and you thought I only worked with wood for furniture, I live wood in every part of my being, yes at night I even dream wood.

Anyway I thought these came out quite nice as there is no inside light turned on….it’s called using ‘night mode’ on my camera settings. And yes, seems as if one of our cats, Buff was awake also, all-though I’m not sure what was grabbing his attention….maybe he’s checking out a ‘wood spirit’ at the cellar door?

Any-ways, one belly alive and well…. busy cat, at being busy, so I wonder…..does he learn this from me? And if your wondering, the floor and wood on the wall boards is all hand stripped of many, many coats of paint by guess who?....and then re-finished in three coats of tung oil, and who says tung oil will not stand up to wear, while also easy to re-finish, just add some more to the place of damage with a rag and go on with your life….

Have not had the time to get this article over here that I’ve posted at one of my other sites: RusticWoodArt, but this past Sunday I made a trip down south to Exeter, NH to the Burlingame : Gallery and spent the afternoon looking over the MAJORFURNITURE by the New Hampshire Furniture Masters . Had a chance to get some photos of the furniture by NH Masters and so I will also be posting some of those pictures in the coming days. I would recommend that if you have the time and live in the area, why not stop by the gallery and check out these works of art!

Well I’m off to dream of wood and hope-fully will be getting that article online soon….
Thank you.

” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 10-16-2007 04:25 AM

Thanks Frank. Keep warm.

He who heats with wood is warmed twice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 10-16-2007 04:45 AM

Frank -

Awesome blog entry! That fire sure looks cozy . . . can almost smell the wood smoke. I spent a wonderful it of time exploring your website. Great job! It suits you well. Stay warm!



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A.W. "Pappy" Ford

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#3 posted 10-16-2007 04:45 AM

Many thanks, Frank, I always enjoy the “warmth” of your postings

-- --==[ Pappy ]==--

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#4 posted 10-16-2007 11:18 PM

Oh, Karson, that’s what I was going to say…

Frank, What is the tool behind the logs and leaning against the bricks, it appears to be screened? a toaster perhaps? And maybe Buff is just warming the back of his neck, mabye a minute before he was facing the other direction looking up? Because anyone with a wood stove knows you can’t stay to close in the same stance for too long…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 10-17-2007 01:17 PM

Hello everyone;

—-hi Karson; keeping warm is not an option, but a matter of survival….LOL

—-hello David; thanks for that word of ‘awesome’, reminds me of awesome fall colors around here and thanks for checking out my website….

—-hi Pappy; thanks for your words and the spirit behind them. I just visited your web-home and see that you are using WordPress also….so from the WordPress crowd let me also say; welcome….

—-hello Rob; yes,indeed….’a wire screened box on a stick’. This ones been around for ages here and works good for popping corn, toasting bread or heating up a sandwich. I could keep on listing the uses, but then I’m sure your minds working also….

Very observant you are Rob, did you notice on the right side of the stove in the middle, with a ringed handle….what do you think of the branding iron? Oh well, once again many tools….tools, tools and tools and then I can say, I am surrounded by tools…. for Buff, and I thought he was checking out my woodworking techniques….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#6 posted 10-17-2007 04:17 PM

Ha, Branding Iron Poor, poor Buff! Make a run for it Buff! LOL

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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