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Blog entry by frank posted 02-20-2007 01:59 PM 919 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pulchritudinous Wood Art

....i am the art of the wood, just as this piece of wood is beautifully free formed, so also by the sentiment of the wood i am formed free, since from my earliest remembering i all-ways knew my-self to be art….

—-”i all-ways knew my-self to be art”, and so i listen as this piece of apple trunk-ed wood starts speaking about it’s history and how it has lived on the land, all the the many folks that have come and gone, passing time as they have passed before this ones eyes and the wisdom of stories that this one can tell for those who are willing to listen….

I cut this dis-eased apple down four years ago as it was living out of it’s last days and looking for a new beginning. Diseased with dis-ease and split hollow, but still I saw that here, there was yet much hallow ‘wood art’. This ones been drying out and developing a newness of fine clarity of character, since what time has written within this piece of wood is now waiting to come forth in pulchritudinous.

Ah yes, ‘pulchritudinous’; now there’s a word you can wrap your teeth around and chew on, it won’t cause any to have ‘bouts of mouth or throat cancer, can never be construed with dirty chews of cuss words and will enlighten anyone who passes by with a new found taste of a godly good word.

Thinking of pulchritudinous and how this word, this apple trunk and also an-other one named Lazarus have much in common right now as the words and thought think of all this is shifting and passing through my head. We are told that there was once a man named Lazarus, who ended up spending some time, dis-eased within the confines of a cave likened tomb till he heard words such as….”Lazarus come forth!” Given a second chance at life, here is one who I’m sure from that day on lived in the pulchritudinous nature of character of a godly good word! And so it will yet be for this apple trunk who has lived in dis-ease and de-cay till one day he/she heard the master calling….”come forth an be as pulchritudinous ‘wood art’. And therin is found the riddle, who found who….did I call first or did this apple wood first call my name and I heard?

I will be taking this one inside soon so it can finish drying out. There inside my shop, I will also spend some quality of sitting time in silence, waiting to hear what this one tells me of the art that is within, and of the longing that waits to come out.

You all have a very good day!!!

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 02-20-2007 02:42 PM

I think I saw it smile!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 02-20-2007 05:06 PM

I appreciate your blog greatly. Spent my entire life wandering the forests professionally and have come across so many unique creations that God and Mother Nature have created and are just waiting for the right “eye” or soul to develop.

Have a Rhododendron burl that I’ve been packing around for 40+ years trying to find the right use for it. I’ve never found another and would hope to create something truly unique with it – or just continue to pick it up and look into every once in awhile.

-- cronk, oregon

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#3 posted 02-21-2007 02:31 AM

Yes, Debbie, there is definitely a smiling, no smirking face within that wood.

Frank, you have reminded me of a piece of Pacific west coast driftwood we collected some 30 years ago. My wife wanted just the right piece to set in an indoor arboretum that we had added to our home during a renovation. It was a gnarled piece of wood about a meter in length. From some angles it looked every bit a sea serpent, but it provided just the right counter-balance to the right angles of the arboretum.

When we moved to Australia almost twenty years ago, I was surprised when unpacking our stuff to find that Barb had packed up this drift wood piece. She couldn’t find a place for it within our house, but she thought it went perfectly under an overhead garden trellis near our pool.

But alas, a few weeks back I went to pick up the driftwood and it crumbled in my hands. It had well-and-truly met its demise, so now it resides in a land-fill somewhere, half way round the world from where it started fulfilling, its final purpose.

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

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#4 posted 02-21-2007 01:12 PM

Hello everyone;
—hi Debbie;
....I thought….I see….I smile….

—-hi cronk; many thanks for your words here. I’m all-ways glad to meet one who likes to gaze into the heart of the wood with the eye of seeing what shall yet be. Some wood that I have found, is so beautiful just as it is, that I just keep it for the joy it brings me as is, and then I will also return with thinking, what and who are you! Did that last evening as I was closing up shop with a fair size burl that reminds me of two large ears hugging a tree. Had one artist tell me once, “Frank, some of this wood is so beautiful, why do anything to it….sell it as is”; my problem is I have not found that market yet that wants to buy for big bucks ‘for as is’. And so I keep these pieces of wood for my looking into, or wait till the wood shows me what it will be….?!!!?
How big is that Rhododendron burl?
I would love to see a picture of it.

—-Don; I liked your comment here about the ‘gnarled driftwood’ as I’m also on the lookout for driftwood when we go canoeing to those places of desolation as off the beaten track of where the masses go. I have likewise seen many, snarled slothing creatures in the woods who kindly let me pass, since they know that I want tell of their whereabouts….

....and to everyone, have a very good day//night!

-- --frank, NH,

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