"Wood Workin' Character" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 10-30-2007 02:13 PM 745 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood Workin’ Character

....and so here we arrive at this morning of a new day, just as I also hope that none of us are in mourning this morning….

What is my new day all about, what is your new day all about and how does this new day morning, contribute to the spirit of wood, that begs to be heard in the creation of ‘wood art’, by the hands of the woodworking community?

Wow….and that one question, (or one of many questions within a question) just came off the top of my head, escaping down through my finger tips, as I’m sitting here keying out some words of feeling, onto this keyboard that links me to cyberspace.

....”wood is life, that begats life, in the all, that I do”....

Understanding wood, is not found in some textbook exercises of turning pages as to what has been written, by other’s who now spew forth information, so that we can glean some knowledge as to what is their understanding. If one were to spend all their days studying books of and about wood, then all their days would be the accumulated wisdom of wood books. And so the same can also be said for teachers of wood, watch their videos and listen to their sermons on wood how to’s, but in the end all one is doing is paying for the privilege of having become part of the wood game of indulgence, as I am found to be overeating on what they say.

....and so once again we can say; “wood is life, that begats life, in the all that I do”....and this life of the wood, comes to me by ‘transference’....

Yes, as I work the wood, the wood transfers an understanding of what lies therein….the spirit of the wood is ever waiting to speak forth it’s own purpose and will often go to great lengths to call forth a uniting of that which lies within my-self, just as ‘deep calls unto deep’....

It is working to-gether in united harmony, that’s gives rise to the greatness of understanding that comes from working wood. As much as I have said this before, I all-ways enjoy reminding folks that as much as I love to work wood, the wood is also busily workin’ a character out of that which resides within mine own being.

Wood for me is a spiritual exercise, into the chaos of the universe and yet as I explore this chaos that often starts just outside my back door….out there in the forests that so surround me here, I am continually made to realize that in the seemingly chaos of the forest and woods, there is great order….

And so once again, here is one I’m workin’ on at the moment, whenever and wherever I can find some ‘extra time’, and yes, sometimes I have to go and even manufacture some extra hours in the day….LOL! So I posted this first picture some time ago and have been putting in some late hours out in the barn as I continue on the journey of labored love that develops be-tween us as we harmonize.

I originally found this one in a scrap pile….to be used for kindling as firewood out back behind an-others house. Haha, you should have heard this one calling forth….again ‘deep unto deep’, and so I waundered out back and started moving the woodpile around and there lay this one…..

....saving wood for ‘wood art’ has be-come a passion of mine. And so I started to once again work the wood….

....releasing what did not belong with gouges and such, I next started the sandpaper journey….#60, #80, #120, #180, #220 and #360….and yes, I really do love the finishing aspect of a wood piece, which often results in more time that what has led up to this point…. here we are now. So far there are two coats of ‘tung oil’, of which the second coat was put on Sunday evening….

....pure 100% tung oil, cut 50/50 with gum turps…. I will start sanding with steel wool….#600, #800 and #1000 and then I see what comes after that. I not only love tung oil, but that color is also awesome in-deed….

Thank you.

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

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 10-31-2007 03:46 AM

Nice chunk ya got there!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#2 posted 10-31-2007 03:59 AM

Great piece of wood Frank. Looking Good.

-- 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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#3 posted 10-31-2007 06:02 PM

Frank, you are a “wood working character”. Beautiful piece, thanks!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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