"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #50: Gargantuan Green Ninja Turtle

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Blog entry by frank posted 03-05-2009 04:23 AM 1608 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Gargantuan Green Ninja Turtle

....gargantuan green ninja turtle on a six pack of steroids,
digital reading with 12 inch’s of steel and plastic on a motor and frame,
offers all the sliding ability of a compound miter that is needed,
ah yes life is good as i continue to work the laser across the wood
—by flp


I was working a few days ago on an-other piece that is be-coming ‘wood art’ and I happened to catch this golden oldie in the background as I was taking some photos….so, out comes a blog post. And this one is a bit of a beast to lug around, which means when moved to a location of work, I try to let it remain in place. Pictures like this one are also good, in that they additionally show the contents of the surrounding wood-scape.

Now I know that some are all-ways concerned about where and what as to storing chisels and gouges….but in my way of thinking and working, these are just tools that I use all the time, whether for ‘wood art’ or just working the wood. So if I’m using them on a regular basis….they’re out, and then when that phase is done….I will retire them to canvas and leather holders. I do not build special boxes to hold my tools, just as I do not live my-self in a box. After escaping that small world of box-thinking myself, how could I ever ask one of these to start living in a box.

Just as there resides within my self the soul of a woodworker, so it is that I have all-so known the soul of a tree. What remains then when one also comes to an understanding that within a chisel//gouge there is to be found the soul of that tool. Just as I learned many many years ago how the tree works to reveal it’s wood, so all-so have I learned how the hand tool inspires to reveal what it has seen in the wood….to the hands of the worker of wood. Put that hand tool in a coffin and diminish the soul of that tool. Place that hand tool out of the coffin and watch the inspiration that comes to ones hand as their imagination is set free.

Now having said all that about boxes, let me also clarify and go further on the subject of boxes. No-thing wrong or good about any-one who is building boxes for hand tools….I just don’t. I will add though that I do in-deed build boxes such as cabinets for rooms inside houses which are also boxes. Cabinets are boxes, rooms are boxes and houses are boxes….does any-one want to understand more on boxes. I drive//ride around in a Ford Ranger which is a box, plus the full size Chevy truck which is also a box. My cd music in those trucks comes in a plastic box, which I take out and place in a music box which is mounted into a box of a dashboard. While driving in my box of a truck I also look out a windshield which gives me a box-full point of view. I have an English Barn which is also a four bay box of a workshop box. Maybe I am better off or worse off….who knows, but at least from my point of view I do not have to go daily to a box of a factory//building employment and deal with all the boxes of emotions and opinions that reside therein….although I have in times past worked there inside that box also. Could I go on, yes….but what’s the point of spending time on boxes. Woodworking for me is no-box, just as when I am out in the woods….that also is no-box….and for that I give thanks.

....hmmm, and maybe some folks believe I never use power-tools!

Thank you.

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

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 03-05-2009 05:05 AM

As always, Frank- great words!

Nice saw, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-05-2009 05:55 AM

Yes, boxes everywhere. I too enjoy the other side of the box. Thanks for the post and the picture.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#3 posted 03-05-2009 03:41 PM

Refreshing to see someone who does not allow themselves to be boxed into a corner.

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

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#4 posted 03-05-2009 04:09 PM

I’ve always hated boxes too Frank. I worked 19 yrs in a molten iron box, then 2 more in a giant hammer box, then 12 more in a rehab looney bin box, where you could’nt tell the patients from the workers. Plus the US Army Box, and the College Box. I envy you your freedom free – thinking. You must know a closeness to God that most priests, pastors,preachers and gurus only strive for. Those that the monks in the Himalayas know. Yes, I envy you.

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

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