"A Brush Stroke of Illusion" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 05-09-2007 01:18 PM 1145 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Brush Stroke of Illusion end of day, when all my world has had it’s say, and now i am giving these places in my heart, a time to settle down for a good nights rest….

—-comes the longing crisp of a brushes breath,
and so i give the right to let the colors fly,
while painting this wood with sealing stealth,
where once again i impart a stop gap by and by….

—-wondering now i watch the dance,
as brush gives color streams of pigment gloss,
while who can tell of captured picture stance,
the what and how to where i am embossed….

....that was then! And so I took my writers license and jumped ahead in this story of some maple wood that screamed at me last evening….”I am ready!!!” So here is a picture to start the story off….I trained this brush to do the art work for me of sealing this end cut with some leftover acrylic paint and you should see this one go to work in the days of spring….

Yes that is what happens when one hangs around wood and trees and forest and bees, soon enough you find yourself as one who has left the comforts of established disarray and in so doing, I find my comfort as living in the outside box. I am living my life now on the outside cover of ‘written in wood’ and so it’s almost impossible to get me inside….and yes, by inside I mean, ‘inside my house’, ‘inside my workshop’ or any and all other’s of the ‘inside crowd’.

I arrived home last night around 5:30 and after having a bite to eat I grabed a pull saw and framing chisel to head out to the barn and practice some joinery studies. The truth is I didn’t really want to go inside the barn so I took an alternate route, which allowed my to pass by some wood that had been drying for three to four years outside. Well the next thing I know, is I hear this piece of maple screaming at me for attention, so walking over to inspect and see what all the noise is about, I soon understand that the maple wood is ready for debarking. Ha!....this is great I say to my-self since I’ll now pass the evening out here under a sky that radiates in all the goodness of three hundred and sixty degrees!

All I needed to do now was go inside and get my timber slick and move the wood to a dog that was close by, so here we are, timber slick, maple wood and I, all waiting to embark on some debarking….

....starting to curl back some bark….

....and some more peelings, closer up….

....and the answer is no, I have not been successful yet in my attempts to teach the slick how to do this on it’s own….

....another shot here of my magic brush taking a rest after doing the ‘painted sealer dance’....

And here’s a shot, I also took last evening from inside our house looking out to a cherry tree in the backyard. I apologize for not being able to get closer up, but I didn’t have the time to make it outside, so I went ahead and took the shot. In this picture there is a male Baltimore Oriole; ‘Icterus galbula’ eating an orange that my wife has placed on a branch….can you spot the him?

Tomorrow I will crop this picture and try to bring the ‘Icterus galbula’ in for a closer shot if any are still wondering. I’m going to also try today for an outside shot as yesterday in the morning we had two of them feeding here.

Now I’m ‘getting ready’ to get my gets and get outside!!!

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 05-09-2007 04:38 PM

and so I ask myself, “Self, what are you doing INside??!!!” :)

Great photos of the before/after and the tool that you used.

hehehe and I love the paintbrush!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 05-09-2007 05:07 PM

Did you just paint the ends red Frank or the whole thing once the bark was off. Nice poetry. I enjoy your words. They can really put pictures in your mind. Have a gooday ole friend. mike

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

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#3 posted 05-09-2007 06:32 PM

Quote Frank: ”...I grabed a pull saw and framing chisel to head out to the barn and practice some joinery studies. The truth is I didn’t really want to go inside the barn so I took an alternate route…’

“So I took an alternate route.” Frank, this could be the story of my life, perhaps all of our lives. We plan to go in one direction but end up going another. Is it a matter of personal choice, just chance, or some God directed influence?

I know for me, it was the latter.

My employer said, “Come to Toronto, Don. We need you to manage this.” But God said, “Go to Melbourne, Don. I have work for you to do there.” So literally in the course of expressing an alternative desire to my employer, I was on my way to Australia. That was nineteen years ago.

It may be a simple choice between going to the barn or the wood pile, or it may bet a life changing choice like Toronto or Melbourne, but I believe whatever the choice, listening to the small hushed whispers of God makes our journey more exciting and as a result, more fulfilling.

Nice to chat with you again, Frank.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 05-10-2007 03:11 AM

—-hi Mike;
I painted both ends of the wood, went back earlier this evening and painted both ends again. The acrylic paint is how I seal the ends to slow the drying down and help stop checking, since I plan to slab cut these pieces of maple. Always thinking ahead, I will hopefully have some slabs to use by winter or next spring. Yes, my mind is always thinking at least one year down the road.

Glad to hear from you and hoping all is going good out your way!

-- --frank, NH,

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#5 posted 05-10-2007 03:21 AM

—-hi Don;
Well its been a little time since we chatted last, but now it’s great to hear from you again!

I like the way you all-ways read between the lines and come forth with a spiritual interpretation of what you see and hear in the words. You are a deeply spiritual person on top of being a great worker of wood and one who is all-ways fast to share the God you know, who is a part of all you are!

Once again, glad to hear from you again….

-- --frank, NH,

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