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My life through Yin and Yang

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Project by LittlePaw posted 01-15-2010 07:08 PM 1753 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Story of my life:
I imagined that three strands of soft (Yin) cotton braided into a single rope which pierces into the hard oak (Yang) shaft of a cane – carved from one piece of oak. The rope plunges into the darkness (Yin) of the cane and found it scary and emerges into light (Yang) symbolizing our quest through life. Life takes me through many such ventures into the not-so-good or even bad (Yang). As I manage to survive and return to light (Yang) my rope depicts many such experiences through life, but arrive at the end into the safety of light (Yang) and be able to stand in its three basic elements (father, mother and me). LittlePaw Wee, January 15, 2010.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.





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#1 posted 01-15-2010 07:56 PM

Don’t get many philosophy majors on LJ. Great entry, well executed carving. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#2 posted 01-15-2010 09:18 PM

Very nice work

Thanks

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 11:14 PM

fantastic—- fantastic piece AND the description is very “deep”. Thank you for this Yin Yang journey.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 12:22 AM

That is a special piece & that was great description of the Yin & Yang. Thanks for sharing,

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#5 posted 01-16-2010 12:33 AM

Wonderful, and thank you for sharing description. Now I am confident I can say I learned something worthwhile today. All the best.

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#6 posted 01-16-2010 04:43 AM

And just when I thought my “Scale of Justice” might just have a chance of winning some bench cookies….

Your carving and explanation are both fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. Wish I had some of your artistic talent.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#7 posted 01-16-2010 06:18 PM

Many thanx to y’all for all the kind comments. They mean a lot to me because y’all are such a fantastic group of talented and skilled woodworkers. I’m not sure what I can contribute to the group, but I sure am looking forward to learning more about doing something worthwhile with what Ma Nature blessed us with . . . maybe making something other than canes? Again, THANX LittlePaw

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#8 posted 01-16-2010 07:03 PM

Very cool super design very nice carving.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 01-21-2010 02:34 AM

Wow ! Very deep, and very impressive considering its carved out of red oak.

-- mike & judy western md. www. pvwoodcrafts.com pvwccf1@verizon.net

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#10 posted 01-21-2010 08:00 PM

Thanx for all the encouraging comments, especially from Mike and Judy who noticed that I carved it out of oak. It was a challenge and slow going and I am so glad it’s done with! I’m working on another in maple which should be somewhat easier on the patience scale?! Oh, by the way, I was carving something out of cedar and found it really hard to stay in line when going diagonal across the grain. And for whatever it’s worth, sanding it level and smooth is tricky at the grains too.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 06-28-2010 06:25 AM

Interesting piece of art, nicely done.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#12 posted 11-27-2010 05:38 AM

very cool i good work good words

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#13 posted 03-31-2011 10:10 AM

Very nice take on the softness and hardness interacting in 陰陽 (ying-yang).

That was quite a bit of work to get the relief carving of the rope to be so proud of the rest of the cane.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#14 posted 03-31-2011 06:54 PM

You are so right, John.Most people don’t realize the hardness of oak for carving, but once finished it keeps a superior shine. I haven’t worked on oak since and probably won’t for at least a while. LOL! Appreciate you and your comments, John.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#15 posted 01-23-2012 10:09 PM

Looks like something an old sea capn’ might use.

-- psipos@snakebite.com

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