This past Sunday was particulary nice out, high of 60, sunshine, and I thought it would be nice to get back in touch with the very basics of working wood…..whittling!
I had purchsed a Woodcraft Grab Box of Basswood a little over one year back and knew I had a happy helping of material to work with so I grabbed my new Sloyd carving knife (Please also see my newest review on this knife in the reviews section posting later this evening) and set about my task.
As I regained my southpaw moves holding and positioning knife and woodblock it was only about 15 minutes for me to get my carving rhythm back again. Moving on and through, seeing and feeling the cuts, keeping sure of thought out and safe moves the Basswood and blade took my eyes path forward offering a ground of shavings.
I stopped for a second…and I looked up to a rather blue sky and warm sun….I just breathed in and out slowly a few times and gave thanks for the chance to get back to something real again.
For me a church is available in the woods, the birds, deer, rabbits, the green of pine and the grey of what Febuary displays all in its symphony of ongoing change and peaceful offerings.
In the woods there is little beeping horns or blazing sirens, people that for some reason lost the f**king sense to use their turn signal….lol, .....texting at a red light thats now green or the sounds of people being loud and obnoxious…simply because they want to be like some members of the cast in Jersey Shore…lol,,,,holy snookie batman help us all….lmao
Out here you can relate to whats real and free. The trees for me feel like giant wise prohpets some older, some younger but they have a story to tell and many secrets we will never know…....I like that…...I like that trees…wood….the stuff this site even exists for …..is larger and stronger than any of us mere mortals…and lives well past our humble years.
All of this typed “blog” philosphy was born out of a few Sunday hours of backyard whittling….I was not in “project mode”, I was just enjoying simplicity while taming dexterity and expressing creativity.
I guess it is just a thought on modern times and the art of whittling. Whatever it is I enjoyed the experience and wish further great experiences to my friends out in there in your own neck of the woods.
Whittle on friends and take a moment.
-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB