"Beauty in Amazement at Being" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 02-15-2007 03:02 PM 897 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Beauty in Amazement at Being some, beauty is a quandary which roams around, looking to provoke a response to the question of, ‘to be’.... or ‘not to be’....and therein lies the riddle of a wondrous waundering wondering mind….

—-my response to the question of ‘to be’ or ‘not to be’, is best felt in my reaction to my moment of just ‘be’, and when the ‘be’ of all is released within me, then is the beauty of wonders shown forth as where i dwell….

Dwelling is my reaction to what I am seeing and the harmony of this state of mind, and is but the overflowing of what remains in my inner most being….

Two practices that I have maintained over time, as these two bring forth clarity and passion of where I am dwelling are, ‘practicing the balance of the pull saw in tune with the wood and shaving ‘treenails’ for hidden joints in the wood. I will not discuss the first one here but will just touch on one point of the second.

Shaving treenails, has become for me a favorite past time that brings me great satisfaction in working in ‘the small’ details of life and yet what at first appears to be small, is a great part, of being part of a much bigger fitted piece in the nature of the whole. While shaving a treenail, there is the sense of creating by hand a beautiful treenail, that will also soon be lost from the view of the seeing eye, as this wooden treenail soon becomes lost within the wood of an-other.

My clarity of seeing this creation will soon become my zest of passion as this piece of wood is impounded into the joinery of a woodworking joint. And so I love these small, yet great and beautiful works of ‘wood art’!

....relaxing is a well made treenail….in tune with clarity and passion….

....all found within my beauty of inseeing….

For All Who Need To Know, I did with much forethought, intend to use my freedom of writing to miss-spell the word ‘waundering’.

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 02-15-2007 03:28 PM

as I was reading this my mind took a brief (connected) detour—- we all know the question about “if a tree falls in the woods and no one is around…” and so your words inspired this question for me: “if there is beauty and no one is around to appreciate it, is it still beautiful?” The answer (or my answer) is… if it is a thing of beauty it does not care that it is seen or appreciated. It just “is” and that is what makes it truly beautiful.

Frank, you have the gift of being able to appreciate the beauty of all things big and small, unique and common, physically beautiful and non-so-pleasing to the eye. It is this appreciation, I do believe, that connects you to the wood and the moment of setting free a little tree nail.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 02-16-2007 03:31 AM

Hi Debbie;
—-if a tree falls in the woods, some-one is all-ways around to hear….! It’s just that some folks don’t want to admit to who that some-one might be.

....”if there is beauty”, and where is there not beauty? Beauty is all around us, but one must pay a price to understand the ‘what’ and ‘where’ of beauties dwelling. Many of the inspired ones of the many flavors of religion have tried to inspire us to behold beauty, but one must understand that after all the readings been done, what remains is still up to the individual….loose your ego and then you will see with un-clouded vision what remains.

Herein lies the nature of the beast that the artist must deal with! The artist creates and then steps back so that all might see his//her creation, while ego points a finger and says; “take notice of that one” and so I become super inflated….maybe with just hot air and next thing I do is let go a gasseous fart.

Not so with beauty, as you have said, beauty ‘just is’! Ego will always go naming and calling names, so you read in Genesis chapter 2 about how that Adam was given the job of naming all the animals? And even to this day we still live under the power of those words he used to name, some of those words he called those animals were not as some might say; the best of names and so we still fight those names today. The power of words….

Don’t know how I got to where I’m at here in this comment, the words just started flowing and I didn’t have a stopper around. Let me say that ego will always seek to divide and so it uses words to call some ‘better’ and some ‘lesser’, while ‘beauty’ beats a drum for none and just goes its way. If you ever come into the presence of one who knows beauty, behold into their eyes and there you will see the same ‘starlight’ that is seen in the eyes of a new born babe. Remember what ‘Elohiym said in Gen. 1:31; And ‘Elohiym saw every thing that he had made and behold it was ’very good’—-and there is beauty! We are given the power of setting free those things that have been mis-named and so where I walk, I call all things as beautiful and in this I have seen the lame and blind in spirit jump free of what entangled them….

-- --frank, NH,

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#3 posted 02-19-2007 11:20 PM

I can’t help but remember the children’s hymn by Cecil F. Alexander, ”All Things Bright and Beautiful’


All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.


[Most hymnals omit the following verse]

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
He made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.


The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.


The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.


The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.


He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.


-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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