Topographical Tree Study and Giving Kudos #4: "Obstreperous to Traditions of Workin' Wood" ---by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 11-27-2007 02:45 PM 1042 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Obstreperous to Traditions of Workin’ Wood is in the course of my daily meds,
those inner pictures of imagination’s roaring meditation,
that i am lost within the stillness of your soul,
where finding the spirit in the tree speaks much of who i am….

—-tread lightly upon the heart of those who have no-taste,
for poetic ‘verbal flowers’ that bring forth fruits of pleasure,
in the hands of prophetic prophets drinking from wells of inspiration,
giving moments of rhapsodies uttering visual verbal picture flings….

—-who can tell when the next one coming along this showcase of wood,
will be put off to draw from within the soul of wood,
and by the ‘wood art’ that likens itself to not an-other,
will come the revealing of a new master on the horizon of scenes….

—-dwell not in your work by looking back at what other’s have done,
and take no-satisfaction from following in an-other’s footsteps,
strike out on your own and be free to muddy the water where other’s have gone,
for in the passing of time all still water re-turns to it’s own brackish nature….

....i am one who has given my hands to working at wood,
and in the art-full slaying of dragons of past,
my hands work with my words to bring forth one of a kind,
till now i wear gladly the mantel of being obstreperous to traditions of workin’ wood
—by flp and taken from ”A Woodworking Story of all that I Am

And one day I heard a voice come singing my way; “the oral traditions passed on from those who have rooted in past, are often only excuses for believing in behaving as having no-imagination”, such is the habit of those who having no-original thought, seek to limit by their words, the freedom of expression that comes from playing in the fields of the gods as one of elohim’s own….and after this I awoke from my dream and said; ”here am I, send me….

....I will let this one speak for self….

“I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!” ~John Muir

“The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood, have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go, and so many generations pass into silence, that we may well wonder what “the story of the trees” would be to us if they had tongues to tell it, or we ears fine enough to understand.” ~Author Unknown, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren, 1938

All quotations taken from: The Quote Garden

Thank you.

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

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 11-27-2007 03:54 PM

isn’t that the most unique tree …

beautiful quotes Frank.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 11-27-2007 04:46 PM

What a great tree and what a history it must have.

I was wondering if you were alright as I had not seen any of your entries in a while. Now I know you were just wandering and it looks like a fruitful one at that.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 11-27-2007 06:15 PM

What a majestic piece of American History. The lessons that we could get from such a tree – if only it could talk. Thanks for the memory Frank.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 11-27-2007 06:17 PM

What better place to post my 500th post, then at the foot of this historic tree and next to the words of a historic artist. Thanks sharing Frank.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 11-27-2007 07:41 PM

Frank -

What a magnificent tree! Your thoughts are always inspirational. My compliments to some wonderful photography.



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#6 posted 11-27-2007 10:38 PM


Main Entry: ob·strep·er·ous

Function: adjective

Etymology: Latin obstreperus, from obstrepere to clamor against, from ob- against + strepere to make a noise

Date: circa 1600

1 : marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness : clamorous <obstreperous>
2 : stubbornly resistant to control : unruly
3. frank : woodworker, wordsmith

synonyms: see vociferous

— ob·strep·er·ous·ly adverb
— ob·strep·er·ous·ness noun

Right out of Webster’s Dictionary Frank, I swear ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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