"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #47: Occulation of the Wood

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Blog entry by frank posted 01-11-2009 04:30 PM 1152 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Occulation of the Wood

....what is this shadow that transverses your mind, when you look at wood?

One table top of rock maple that I am presently working on and hope to have done by the end of March. Many of the details as to how and what I am going after have not yet been fully worked out//worked in, but that’s only a matter of time as I listen to what the wood would say to me.


Things not known at this point:


2.)—although I am doing this one in the non-tradition of Japanese furniture (free form sculpture), I have not yet decided as to type of style….tea table or altar….

3.)—I will be using hand tools on this one, but have not at this point determined to what extent shall I proceed//stop with finishing smoothness. Although I am presently engaged in hand sanding the top with #80 grit sandpaper so as to get an understanding of the character to be found in the wood, I have not resolved as to when I shall bring the hand planes, chisels and gouges out//in….hmmm….

4.)—and then there is the determining of what shall be when it comes to settling on whether or not to add feet….

5.)—although I have decided on the first coat of finish, what comes after that first coat will have to wait until I ensconce more on how much finish//smoothness I can conciliate into the top of the wood….

One bit of information that I am sure of at this point in time, is that when finished this piece of sugar maple will in-deed be a work of art-full ‘wood art’....

Before coming in-side, here is how the piece looked out-side….

Thank you.

’’ smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....’‘

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 01-11-2009 06:44 PM

Looks like you are going to have a nice project here Frank. I look forward to seeing it come together.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#2 posted 01-11-2009 07:32 PM

That looks to be a large, beautiful piece of very old wood. What are the dimensions? From the grains that I can see in your photos, the wood speaks of many, many, many years of growth and dormancy. I hear it groaning from old age, yet anxious to become anew with your workmanship.

I immediately see it becoming a simple and organic shaped bench to unite the human and functional concepts in your home. One could easily meditate while sitting upon this alter created by nature. I would yearn to finger the grains and natural curves and crevices of the wood while wondering what the tree had experienced in it’s growing life. This will truly be an impressive piece, even more so than it already is.

I would alo use any small scraps, (6” x 2” x 1.5” plus) for cane handles!

I look forward to viewing your end results.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 01-12-2009 12:58 AM

I always look forward to the things that you make Frank… I can’t wait to see what it tells you to make out of it.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#4 posted 01-12-2009 08:33 PM

frank I can see many things in that big bugger. dont hurt yourself lugging it around. beautiful piece of wood. I love maple. It is the best of Gods woods.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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