The Best of 'Wood Art" #8: "Expressions of Wood Milieu" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 12-30-2007 03:40 PM 1062 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Expressions of Wood Milieu

....continuing on the journey here with wood ripping gusto, is soon found to be a harmony of the joys of hand to wood, only separated by the fine steel blade of my 13” 9TPI pull handsaw.

No-dust collection system needed here, no-dangers of kickback, no-need to break my bank savings, no-need for ear protection, (although one would want to wear eye protection) no-wondering about the what if’s when certain thoughts cross the mind of the male population here concerning the crotch area, ( be honest now….how many times have you thought of living out the rest of your life as an eunuch after a circular saw mishap….?) no-set up time concerning blade alinement and square, and if you are successful in keeping your wife out of the workshop….no-need to answer her question that starts like this; ”don’t you have a machine that will do this faster”, while then comes the next declaration of a finely in-grafted question; ”this ones going to be worth a lot of money”....LOL.

But then you see I’m used to these and many other questions concerning the why’s —-how’s —-when’s —-where’s of working wood and making ‘wood art’ this way. I work the wood by hand, (as much as is possible) because this is the style that I have so chosen. In this arena of woodworking, one can join the many or strike out on their own and develop their own character of expressing wood milieu. While we are at it here concerning that phrase ‘strike out on their own’, I probably should go on and really confuse the issue by stating….once one has chosen this path, you will never stop be able to stop discovering a-new. I could also go on and say that even if this were possible to stop seeking new, that therein would be found the death of the artisan, as the fire in his//her spirit would soon go out! Well there you have it, just some free words thrown in there….opinions about the who I am and all those other questions that we must ask our-selves as we complete our life circle before the eyes of the universe….

....and so I ended up Saturday afternoon out in the barn, completing the ripping on the one side of the white oak board. And here’s a better view of the 4’ long crack in the oak that I was talking about yesterday. I won’t know more about the depth till I get around to slicing the thickness of the wood in half…. is the next section which I rip cut by hand….

....this crack I have centered in the wood as to length and width, so today I will start drawing some more lines on the left side and then I will remove the excess wood for my Multi Purposed 2×4....

....again the wood wedges and yes, I am pleased with how the cut is running true….

....finishing up here on this side which completes the length for 8’....

....snapped this last one last night of the completed cut….

I should add here that the way I love to work wood is by hand and yet I also do use machines….and so this method of using my hands and decreasing with machines, is not meant to be a sign of dis-respect to any-other’s who choose to differ from my way. This is what makes woodworking so great and increases the field of how one can work the wood….and all I can add is that in the end, the way of wood should be your own unique way. be continued in time….

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 12-30-2007 07:30 PM

My first thought is yep Frank has lost it! Ripping a 10’ oak plank by hand…need to check his medication…oh his meditation now i get it.

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#2 posted 12-30-2007 07:33 PM

I think it is a zen thing, to become one with the wood. A lot of work, but it will be nice to see the end results.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 12-30-2007 07:36 PM

Besides…the hands control all the power.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 12-31-2007 04:32 AM

—-Great comments here you guys….;

—-hi Dennis, and yes, I’ve heard that one before about losing it….LOL! Now you’ve got my mind clicking so I’ll write a little word play….
....first they blamed it on the lack of medication,
then came stories of too much medication,
so after a-while i tried more of meditation,
to try and help bring to-gather some mediation,
having failed all the above i soon took on med-i-action

—-hi Bill; ....actually once one understands the art of working the wood by hand, one comes to realize that it’s no-work at all….never-was—-never-can be—-never-will be….that’s why my ‘wood art’....’just is’....

hello Rob; ....yes, what an understanding you have just said there….”the hands control all the power” !

Wonder-full comments and thanks for all the inspiration you all pass on to me….,

Thaank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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