Dis-Membered Barkin’ on a Pine Slab
....ended my day the other evening removing some more bark from a pine slab I’m trying to get dried out, in the faster then usual manner since this is one I want to start workin’ on around January. Much of my time spent outside now is divided between cutting new trees for next year, cutting slabs for future furniture and ‘wood art’ that has to be processed for drying a year to two years down the road. While then finding the time for also working with slabs that have all-ready been cut in past years, so that soon with coming winter, my time will then also be more and more spent inside my workshop. Ha!....inside my workshop, just the sound brings sadness to my ears, since I much prefer this workshop I’m working in now with 360 degree panoramic views.
Winter is when I head inside to create furniture on a bigger scale then what is going on now….sure I work the wood for furniture all year round, it’s just that more often then not, the money works of ‘wood art’ come forth in the winter cold of English Barns. That being said I still have to find time to do the renovations of a paid finish carpenter and so I work with all the busyness of a beaver and still loving every minute of it. Time is one thing that I have not much of as extra and so I have learned over the years how to milk the day and night hours for all they are worth….plus still being able to maintain a good life. Life is good to all who have learned to give thanks and with the giving of thanks my heart is blessed….
....well here’s that slab of pine, that is just longing to shed some bark….
....you may notice that today I am showing some tools that have sharp edges, compared with no-sharp edges when I work the hardwoods. I have found that if you understand the edge you are working with….a sharp edged tool works better on the softwood pines. When I worked the slab of cherry, my slick was of no-sharp edge, while here I will use a slick that cuts the wood bark like butter….
....ah yes, I wondered why it was so foggy and now I understand since I see I’ve left my eyes on the slab. Great drawknife here, picked this one up some years age at a barn sale for a few dollars and this one has become my best//most used knife….I even hand cut tenons with it….
....I will be hand cutting two butterfly’s//dutchman’s into the slab here for stability….ah yes, all-ready I smell the comfort of winter snows and workin’ in the cold of my barn while doing hand work to keep those fingers workin’....like I say, you’ve just got to love this thing called wood….
....all that looks like pine….is pine and then as if my eyes don’t know, well my nose smells pine and my fingers know the touch of pine….
....time to head around now to the other side of the barn and catch some evening beauty that comes from a New Hampshire countryside….
....timbers, logs, colors and brush clean up….well someone has to do it….
....colors of beauty. Some gather flowers to put in a vase, of which I often do, but much greater are the trees that flower and bloom from where they are encased in the fertile soil of one’s own land….
....and so it ‘just is’ that day is ending as I once again head for home and give thanks for the life that so surrounds me….
”....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/