"Waunderings in Ones Back-Yard WoodLot" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 01-05-2008 05:24 PM 1145 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Waunderings in Ones Back-Yard WoodLot

....crunching the landscape of snowflakes,
i soon took a waundering walkabout,
where all is silently content within their respected milieu,
awaiting those birthing pangs that signal a spectacular spring

—-were it not for these striving images of imagination,
who would be found to come and rescue a soul such as i,
since long ago in times of olden beholden begotten wood turnings,
i walked right out of sight from those who had long tried to shape my image

....and so this sound of crunching snowflakes even now awakens me,
to the journey that lies ahead beyond the treasured storehouse’s of snow,
while even in these days of creating some remembered dream in the species of wood,
i have also notice a resemblance to the image that comes forth in the all that i am

And so towards the end of the day on Friday, I decided to take a sort walk around out back and see how some of the wood was aging this winter. Many piles doing silent time here and then there are those other’s out in the woods, plus some more woodlot piles….all undercover in the wraps of snow. I know all the different piles by name concerning wood species and also according to the year or years they have been sitting and aging…. first on the list are some slabs of pine that I cut last summer on the bottom here, ( the tree was cut two years ago) and then stickered on top is some birch that was cut last summer and is progressing nicely with some spalting of the wood. Not sure about the spalted birch, but the pine will be used for some rustic benches or tables….

....these are some pieces of oak that I cut some four years ago and left out in the woods to age and season. I brought them in this past fall and right now I have been using some of them for riving//splitting blocks….these I’m am holding onto to see if they will produce some spalted wood…. is a maple trunk that I cut out of a tree that was dropped back in the spring of 2001, ( ok, you do the math) and I have worked on some by hollowing out the insides. Not sure yet as to what is coming forth here, but this one will be a ‘free form’ standup wood sculpture. I also noticed the tear in the plastic yesterday, which I will repair before the next snow….and then as I was thinking on this one, the thought ran through my mind about the tear and so I wrote within my mind;

what rascal of wind screaming chill,
has torn at my lady’s slip with cunning desire,
hold true my lady of maple,
and i will cover your beauty,
till time of revealing is right for thy beauty of skin

....a closer look at the character that is too be found in the beauty of my Lady’s skin…. waundering on, we come to some oak slabs that I took out of a tree some three years ago, and these are now into there third winter of seasoning here. I moved them up here last summer, so yes….they are getting closer to the barn and their being brought in for benches, tables and re-sawing for works of ‘wood art’....

....I slab cut these last summer and fall….on the left are some slabs of pine, in the middle and between the two larger piles are some wide slabs of maple and then also in the pile on the right are slabs of maple. These are the ones I did a series of blog stories on last fall, where I showed free-hand slab cutting with a chainsaw….

....and then also an-other view….

....some timbers here that I have taken out of old barns and so thy also sit awaiting there time of awakening. These are mostly oak and hemlock which will be re-sawn for furniture and then also there are timbers here that will become commissioned mantle pieces in customer’s homes….

....and then here sits a wedge slab of willow sticking it’s head out of the snow as if to say; “don’t forget me, here I am”....cut this one two summers ago and now into it’s second winter up here….

....heres a birch burl trunk that I first dropped some four years ago. The trunk spent two years in the woods and then I brought it in two years ago, where it’s also in it’s second winter of seasoning up here. I never know whats inside the burl till I cut within and so there are often times of surprise….and then also times of punky growth….

....looking down I felt this one brush my pants, since he’s wanting to be noticed. Half-Lap doesn’t waunder with me far any-more in the woods due to his age, but on these short walkabouts, I can all-ways count on his presence….such a poser he is….

....and in his own way he’s extending a warm greeting of hand to all the LumberJocks that have come along on our journey today. While if one will but stop and listen, I’m sure you’ll hear him say; “enough of this, lets go and make some wood chips….”

Thank you.

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

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 01-05-2008 06:33 PM

Now that’s a lot of wood. More than I could use in a lifetime unless is was (god forbid) for firewood!


Say hello to Half-lap for me.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-05-2008 06:43 PM


Thanks for the pictures, poetry and perusings. In the short time that I have been a member of LJs I have come to appreciate and admire your unique style, both in writing and woodworking. Keep the postings coming but please keep the snow up there. It’s beautiful but I am not fond of shoveling the driveways anymore.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-05-2008 07:00 PM

Thanks Frank, Great wood piles. You are always inspiring. I keep waiting for our snow, maybe this next few days.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#4 posted 01-06-2008 07:16 AM

Impressive memory Frank, now, can you tell us some facts about all those individual pieces of firewood, that would be really impressive. ha LOL.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 01-06-2008 05:14 PM

Hello to all;
—-hi Gary; ....the only firewood is what’s behind those piles, although some-times the pieces of wood don’t speak much to me after they’ve dried and so they become firewood. Actually some of the firewood speaks after being dried out and becomes wood for furniture and art….so it all works both ways….

—-hi sbryan; ....and I thought you were going to ask if I could send some snow your way….LOL….

—-hi Ron; ....well if I’ve read the weather maps right, it looks as if there’s some snow coming your way,....if not there all-ready. Actually I punched your place of living//planting into Dr. Google and was quite impressed by the territory you inhabit….I will check out your area some more…..

—-hi Rob; ....well now you’ve got me thinking on an-other blog story. I really could tell you ’some ’ of the history, character, species….times of cutting and drying, plus splitting and stacking of the firewood. That’s really not so hard since all the wood here goes through my hands and before my eyes, and long ago I trained my mind to remember details….this is a game I play with myself. Just now I was looking at the stack of firewood behind the slabs of pine and spalted maple in the first picture up there….and remembering….wood stacked last week of 2007-10, brought in 2006-09 and 10 and sat last winter behind were it is now stacked, came from an area we call the ‘lower 20’ and ‘oak corner’, cut and downed in 2005-09 and 10, most of this is branch wood coming from larger trees with smaller trees also, and wood species is maple, oak, birch, ash and hemlock. From this pile I have all-ready gotten table legs, apron skirts and risers for tables, plus mallet handles and rived some pieces of oak which are still waiting to be turned into furniture. However, ’individual pieces ’ and yes, I could tell you a story or stories, but after I write that book….will it be fact or fiction....LOL? Only the wood knows….

....stranger than fiction//believe it or not….all wood has a story to tell! Brought this pile in the fall of 2006….

....on our way to ‘oak corner’, notice the branch wood on the right….this is some of the wood in the above picture taken back in 2006-09 and…. here we are at oak corner….more of the branch wood, picture taken 2006-05-05, but was cut in fall of 2005….

Enjoyed your comments, and….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#6 posted 01-06-2008 05:25 PM

Ha, my Dad has similar piles of firewood and can tell similar stories, of course he does weekend tree work so his firewood all goes thru his hands too. I knew when I posed the question that you would have stories for that wood also.. Thanks for embelishing…(hee)

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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