Harbingers of Peace, Joy and Life
....”and as workers of wood is that not what we are doing, when we take a dead form of wood and create an image of life out of the wood. I have watched the faces on children and adults when they connect with a piece of wood art and then to see the smile break forth. As workers of wood we truly can be; harbingers of peace, joy and life!!!”
I have wrote this after commenting on a project thathttp://lumberjocks.com/jocks/jockmike2 has posted and just could not then stop the words that started coming forth.
Why do I work the wood and what is in this for me?
I still have to earn a living from wood, so the need is always there to please a customer and then they can be counted on to reward my efforts with a monetary expression of satisfaction. And so this requires me to work within a set of boundaries that is mutually acceptable to both of us. These boundaries can be a hard task master for the artist that wants create whatever, whenever and wherever.
However, it is by working in the area of ‘free form’ that I am finding a sense of accomplishment that goes beyond woodworking in the traditional expression and allows me to walk a path of mine own interpretation in the areas of wood art.
For much of my life I have been a ‘maker of boxes’. Ha!. I even live in boxes, work in boxes, drive a box, build boxes and have thought as a box! Woodworking has kept me in living room boxes, building bookcases; kitchen boxes, building cabinets; bathrooms building more boxes. I use to look at tables and think box shape, jewelry boxes where box shaped, if I thought of making a chair it was box shaped, till boxes had so captivated my mind that I only thought in boxes.
Then one day I picked up a box I was working on, four sided and no top or base in place yet and turning the box side ways, I looked through the box to a world beyond boxes. When you start thinking this way you will be no good at making boxes according to the definition of a box, but you will now define the character of what a box is according to your own seeing.
This is what I am saying when I talk of how that as workers of wood, we can be harbingers of peace, joy and life! Give up the box and create outside. Sure there are the many who just don’t get it and when I do a show they walk on by to the next booth, but when I touch a child or adult and watch the expression break into a smile and then to hear their laughter, then I have done that for which I was created to do.
Have a very good day!!!
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/