Saturday afternoon shopworks!

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 09-22-2012 09:58 PM 1203 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Autumn sails its way into late September as I was joyfully surprised at some random pieces my Father cut down in our woods that sat in front of the shop. He found a wonderful twisted piece of Sassafras that just begged to be honed into a hiking stick! I took the hatchet to certain areas and relieved some bark and sapwood where I thought best and with a little hewing and shaving I had a very rustic and different looking hiking stick for new paths on cooler days.

The finished piece was just a little too small for me or my dads personal hiking comforts but it should work wonderful for my Jenn when we go on our hikes in the forest, so a fun gift she is excited to use very soon.

Sassafras has that wonderful almost perfume like aroma when working with it and this go around for me was my first dance at ever working this species, so this was a fun added bonus to learn more about different trees while making a gift.

Also lucky for me accompanied with this unique twisted branch was a 2 inch diameter long branch of Black Cherry…ahhhh love this stuff and the temptation for another Saturday spoon session pulled me away from a new project I have yet to blog on about…lol.

This is the stuff of spoon champions friends, green wet cherry just awaiting a few chops of the hatchet for making another wooden ware creation. I was in this Swedish styled state of mind this afternoon and saw something in this plank that encouraged the spirit of sloyd craft. Like an eager kid I adjusted my pencil to the rough surface and carried on my mission with hatchet in hand!

Green shavings hewing down exposing the scent of wonderful cherry wood, once more for spoon stuff nothing better than those awesome fruit woods, natures way of winking at us and saying move forward its all here for that task at hand for our survival and or creations.

Once the blank was roughed down the knives slid on through the easy cherry strips allowing the vision to be more easily attainable to venture a path of my destined ideas. I wanted to shoot for the targets of additional grace on the back lines of this spoon, I wanted to a sleekness along with lines fading into a sculpture that remained strong and confident.

I must admit the process just happened which in some way complemented my minds fate which was to be rid of thought out plan work for today and express something in the moment with my knives and ideas.

Time was swept away as fast as the form took shape and it was not long before I had something to enjoy for the efforts in less than 3 hours. Repetition in any task I suppose can sometimes produce surprising results and I admit in this case I was sort of chuckling to myself at the enjoyed pace even though I think I may have been possesed by it all…

Sometimes we may prosper from exercising our demons with the hands of angels,
every distinct purpose is only the fascination of what our minds see forth above the clouds of superior doubters and those that have no vision on lower facets of false hopes

The tools are only the extension of the vehicle that shifts within our sanity to create entropy while having a must to gain the integrity of wiser giants that operate in slow organization with experienced paces.

Here in the shop we have only to obey our own rules as with great practice someday we might build the time in gears and years sweeping our shavings and forgetting to see the last hours of timber to tame and tales to tell

The grasp of planes and measures, plans and projects is only when our contemtps for fear enthrall our courage to try at the riddles of hidden secrets that lay in the forest now awaiting there fallin’ features on our benches

Saws wrestle the pictures in our dreams of cuts and dovetails, tenons, mortise, pounds of wrought nails
muscles tense the purpose of completion, examples of the guided hands of forgotten generations,
our determined stance as the plane slips shaves, the stone as it shrieks the edge of our blades
no matter how far the effort you gave the works have been filed away…........many years before we were made.


Hope all of you enjoyed your projects, thanks for stopping by and reading about mine.

I appreciate all of the comments and interest from all of you guys/gals!

Have a great Saturday night!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 09-23-2012 12:43 AM

Happy satuerday night to you.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 09-23-2012 12:50 AM

I cannot believe September is almost gone….. Wow, time is flyin my friends.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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