....your yearning smites me,
as from wood and tea i’m drawn,
smoothed by time i mull….
Delight-full pieces here as I draw an image, deep from the forest and bring some of this together with a gods drink.
The wood above is:
....white oak, which I made into a counter top, finished with shellac and poly….what you see in the background, (and very little of it) is some re-claimed two hundred old barn board, (plus some years, but who’s counting) finished in boiled linseed oil and beeswax….yes, the one cup of tea is sitting on a knot, which I knocked out of a piece of pine and has become a test sample for shellac, (garnet)....next on my list is a ‘wood button’ there in the top center, (oak) which has sat in a five gallon bucket of water throughout the seasons of two years along with other’s, gathering a nice stain of grey color for it’s unique character, and a piece of maple that I cut some 7 years ago and since then have been hand sanding, long ago I went beyond sandpaper and I am now working this one in #0000 steel wool….there is a very nice sheen starting to come out on this piece, which comes from the natural oils in the maple wood, the machine oil in the steel wool and then also the oil in my fingers….time on the maple piece and handwork is now around 5 years, but then again who’s counting. I will admit that the handwork with the steel wool on the maple has become an act of meditation and I still have not an image of what it shall be-come by name….
....the first cup of tea i offer to you,
is a call to friend-ship,
which is the duty of no-one,
and so is therefore open to all….
”....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/