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WoodWriting Haiku Thursday's --by RusticWoodArt #32: Conceptual Wood Experiences

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Conceptual Wood Experiences

....laugh thou tongues of fire,
dancing scarlet mossy green,
percepts of color
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—by flp

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Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank
RusticWoodArt

rusticwoodman@gmail.com
http://frank.wordpress.com/


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

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/



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#1 posted 2174 days ago

Beautiful textures and colors. The only things I can’t enjoy are the smells, touch and sounds. Do you think the more senses that are used, the more meaningful the experience?

What concepts will you take away from this? How will you apply?

Thanks for the post Frank.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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frank

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#2 posted 2173 days ago

Hello Trifern;
....and so now a quest-of-a-question comes into view and, as you have asked….”Do you think the more senses that are used, the more meaningful the experience?”

Let me ask this first….”how many ’senses’ are you acquainted with ?”

And by the way, don’t pay no-attention if you hear me thinking out loud with color, it’s only the wood ‘joints’ of my proprioception keeping my-self in line out here in the woods….

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#3 posted 2173 days ago

Some would say the obvious; hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch. However there is also a sense of danger, a sense of direction, a sense of honor, the sense of a meeting, a different sense, bringing someone to his senses, the sense of someones remarks, or the very stimuli deep from within as you suggest.

Make sense?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 2171 days ago

....experience can-not be based upon the senses, but needs the full-fill-ment of life to create the more of experience !

....due to the acting out of how one learns in this play of life, (and some times I’m also induced to also say; ‘play on life’) I have not yet experienced an ‘experience of experience’....but yes, as all my senses are intact, I do now experience life !

....when speaking of the five senses, we now know now that Aristotle may have caused some to not realize just how many forms of the senses there are. What started out as the five senses, has now progressed to 7-9-10 and then the somewhat accepted 21 of today. Some their are that even go on to use the number 33 when talking of our senses, and the only stopping point is; how far can one stretch their brain to explore their senses.

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On talking about ‘proprioception’, here is an accepted sense today that is used and understood by many forms of work forces. Proprioception in common language has to do with ‘joint position’ in relation to one’s body or skeletal composition, and is understood as what allows one to drive a car and keep the car on the road, since what and how would one drive if they were constantly having to take theirs eyes off the road just to see where their feet were in relation to the brake, clutch and gas pedals? Law enforcement agencies across the land also use this and test this sense, after pulling a driver over, who is suspected of driving while intoxicated. The test of looking straight ahead and walking a straight line….and also closing one’s eyes and touching their nose involves the use of the sense called proprioception.

As woodworkers we also use proprioception whenever we go to turn our table saw off with our foot, knee or hand….since I never take my eyes off the saw and wood till the saw has stopped, and what about when reaching for the push stick?. I have used this sense also in wood and metal shops when using a drill press and then going to turn the press off or using pneumatics, with my feet by stepping on a foot pedal. Also while out walking, hiking and running in the woods; I will use this sense while keeping my eyes in front as to my seeing of the terrain and, then transferring down to my skeletal composition what I see, my feet are all-ways in the right place at the right time. How could one drop a tree in the woods, except after all-ready surveying the terrain and storing that information, while at the same time as the tree is now falling to the ground that stored information is also being transferred to my body, hands and feet so that I am able to step back out of the danger zone. And yes there are also some folks who loose this sense, but that would be an-other story….much sad in-deed.

So our ‘senses’ are many, and what we know about them is the ability to make wise use of what we have. Now I know there may be some that would say; “why do I need to know this.. since my senses are still working and have all-ways been working so….”. To that type of thinking I would reply; ”what I possess was not given me to just be taken for granted, and as I am the ‘tool-keeper of my own tool-crib’, I will understand my tools, so that I might better be able to ‘never’ have a kick-back from any of my tools.”

What one learns as the tools of the body as studied in relation to woodworking tools also, is that proprioception also works in my woodworking tools. Being one who uses chainsaws much often, I also have found and understand that the sense of proprioception works out there at the end of my chain bar, which is an area at the tip of the bar known for kickback….before we had chain brakes and also after chain brakes. Often I am chainsawing and so I will bury the nose of the chain bar into the tree or timber first and if not understanding rightly how that joint of the chain bar works as it feeds into the wood….plus how it works after being buried deep inside and out of sight, I might as well just stop counting my days of life and wait for the ‘when’ to happen….as it will happen. If I understand and know what is going on inside the tree in relationship to the chain, chain bar, chainsaw and my-self, then I am able to come away from this work experience with more of life and not just a hurt sense of pride or more, which I shall call ‘senseless’ death. As I am all-ways reminding folks, kickback on 2 hp—5 hp—8 hp chainsaws will take life, but if I am using proprioception of my senses….I will add to my life more abundantly. You may have noticed I also mentioned ‘chain break-age up there also….one may experience a chain break on a 16’’ chain bar which adds up to 32’’ of swinging chain, but do you understand that when I am cutting with a 60’’ chain and experience a chain break, that one adds up to 120’’s (5’) of swinging chain….and since I am of the male species, this can cause one to do some serious thinking on safety….LOL!

Well I’m done at the moment with writing as I’m heading outside to experience more of life and if I use my senses, maybe today I’ll get a chance to create some ‘wood art’. Just thinking out loud here; ”.....’common sense’ in the realm of woodworking, is not really all that common any-more, ‘since’ many today rely more upon computer sense for their wood sense….hmmm.”

....and if any would like to comment feel free, plus if any would like to hear more….comment that expression of experience and I will see what I can do….does this make good sense? I hope no-one falls short here and has ‘less sense’....’bad sense’, since sense should be about doing good! I will add this one or link over into a blog story latter tonight….or so I will try and find and experience some sense of time too….haha.

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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