....and so I’m sitting here this morning cleaning out my leftovers, ‘detritus of mind’, yes that’s right, defragging, fragmentizing all the extra baggage and clutter one gathers from hanging around the ideas and opinions of others….
After all how can my imagination contrive to survive at working wood, when all around me I filter my thoughts of wood and how the ending essence should be, according to those others….?
Have you ever thought of wood as a musical note and that by using your hands to play that gouge you hold, that you are creating a masterpiece of music that will strike the chords of dissonance to some and will yet be as consonant to that one individual? And what do you think on this matter, will you strive to please and sell your wares to the many or can you find it in yourself to hold out, for the one of a kind, and believe in yourself?
And what is believing in yourself, but the knowing that started with that seed of faith, nurtured in your heart long ago, when you said two words, “I CAN”.
I talk a lot about imagination, since to me this is where all my work comes from and I am never afraid to let my imagination go. This piece of wood art I am showing here, is one I have had for some years now and I always keep close by as an exercise in the cleaning of yesterdays mind rubbish. Yes today, this morning is garbage day and I am busy working in the attic space of my mind, throwing away.
This work of art is another piece that almost became food in the belly of the beast, one of my three wood stoves. Working a job some years ago, I was cutting a shim to go behind some stud work I was doing and this little chunk of wood fell to the ground where it lay till end of day. Gathering all my scraps up I saw in this one art and so into my nail pouch went “Noah’s Ark”.
“Noah’s Ark” is a piece of spalted maple which spends most of its time now sitting patiently after having come to rest on my computer tower. Test your own imagination and see how many different animals you can see in this piece. When showing this wood art at a show, I have found ‘Noah’s Ark” to be a great conversation opener as the images found within draw people to comment.
Those ones whom I find do best on “Noah’s Ark” are children, ages 7-10 and adults who can still think as a child and what a great blessing this is. Children at this early age have not yet been totally programmed according to the all that adults who ‘know better’ tell them as to how it should be. “No you can’t see that” and “I can not see that, so you should not see that either”, till in time the child looses their imagination, in order to become a part of the rigid adult elite working class.
Ha! I guess that’s why I’m banished to the woods of New England were trees still stand lifting their hands toward heaven while giving thanks and the wood still talks to me.
You all have a very good day!!!
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/