The Best of 'Wood Art" #4: "Evolution and 'Wood Art' in the Process" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 11-14-2007 02:52 PM 1105 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Evolution and ‘Wood Art’ in the Process

Show me an artist, who has not had to hack his own way through the cluttered groundwork of those who came before and I will show you one who does not know yet their beginning to ending.

....and so I’m taking some time out,
to write some more notes and thoughts here,
as I sift through those cascading files within my mind,
looking for ‘original idea’
….for the ”Upcoming Awards Event

Category: Not Just Any Box ....ah yes, not just any box, but an ’Argaz’....

Notes: 1.) Wood used so far is; maple, cherry and red oak….more to come….
2.) glue up completed….
3.) machine work has been completed, and what follows now is hand work and joinery….
4.) lid design will be started soon, once legs are joined with the sides of the argaz….
5.) glue used will be prepared by myself and will be discussed at future stage of design….
6.) ‘Argaz’ is a one of a kind, so these ‘story notes’ will accompany the box to it’s future home….

So now lets get on with some pictures….

....can you see the argaz from this image….as finished? Last evening out in the shop, I decided it was time to bring the legs forth and so I found some red oak I had ripped some 7-8 years ago calling out to me. After running my hands across the wood I knew this one was meant to be, so after scribing my lines, I picked up my dozuki and made the first of (4) crosscuts. When working like this I use the eastern way of thought in woodworking and cut right on that scribed line. Not to the left or right, and also no cleanup….what this means when I’m doing some cutting or chiseling for a joint also is that all my work is right on the line. No-second chance, get it right the first time. And yes, now the explanation for my title on this story, as my argaz has now developed some legs to stand on….

....and I will ask forgiveness here for the upside down-side of my argaz at this point. I tried to use double sided tape to get the legs attached to the main body, but the tape just was not going to co-operate with me, therefore what you see is the box up-side-down…. more without my scribbing and paring tool…. I am showing a shot of the corner view with the legs again and how they will eventually fit into the sides. Next will come the hand cutting of the ‘wood joinery’ and also the work on the lid…. this ones for RobS, who had asked about the trivet in my earlier post. No, this is not one of my creations, but has been in the family here for all so long….and so it ‘just is’. RobS; you asked about construction, well just some simple maple (can maple ever be simple….?), with a piece of tile implanted in the center, where the tile sets on a rabbit joint along with the staggered butt joints on the (4) end pieces….

Thank you.

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

-- --frank, NH,

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 11-14-2007 03:03 PM

They need to make double sided duct tape!

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#2 posted 11-14-2007 03:44 PM

Shaping up nicely!

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

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#3 posted 11-14-2007 06:12 PM

Anxious for the progress to continue. Thanks for the answer to the trivet and so with that answer.. a mystery artist gets some cred. Interesting tool also, as always, more to see in your pictures then you choose to discuss, for the momment anyway.


-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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