|Project by owenusa||posted 02-01-2010 06:13 AM||13090 views||49 times favorited||80 comments|
This was my idea for the Yin Yang LJ competition, to make a cracked bandsaw box with 2 contrasting woods. The box is made of maple and walnut measures 13” high by 6” wide at the top, by 4 5/8 deep. At first it was just going to be the two different woods but then the box turned into to something special, as the story continues. The Yin Yang effect starts by obviously the 2 different woods, walnut representing the dark of the Yin Yan and maple to represent the light of the traditional symbol. I then rotated the grains so the walnut goes down and maple goes up or vise versa. To continue I rotated the opposite woods on the bottom 4 drawers and the further rotated the pulls again for the drawers to give it a contrast. Orginally that was the plan.
However on January 12 Haiti was struck with a castrophic earthquake that has left hundreds of thousands dead and and so many kids orphaned. One of my coworkers is still missing from the Hotel Montana. On January 19th I left for Haiti with a couple friends to help out with the relief effort in Haiti. I was not supposed to be back until Feb 1st and really at that moment didnt care too much about the LJ competition. Having been to the Dominican to work with Children this past summer, I was looking forward to helping where I could and we volunteered at one of orphanges in Port a Prince with the Salavation Army. It was heartbreaking to see the devastation of a city in rumbles and the thousands without food or water, the kids that lost mothers and fathers. My heart breaks with the people, and I can’t wait to go back and spend time with the Haitian people who captured a part of my heart. There is so much need there and it was bitter sweet to come back.
I returned 7 days ago from Haiti and this box was just 12 boards sitting where I left it. Having been through 4 major aftershocks in Haiti that woke me up in the middle of the night I was having problems sleeping with what I saw and heard in Haiti so I worked on this box. While working on it this week, it became apparent this box meant more.
Now the walnut wood reminds me of the Haitian people, the color of their skin, while the maple reminds me of all the world that has come together to help the Haitians out, while there I saw Russian, Turks Island, Israel, Britian, Mexican, Philipianio search and rescue teams all working together to save people. I can’t tell you how many doctors and nurses I saw carring Haitian kids or handing them water. The crack in the wood now reminds me of the earthquake and the solid maple and walnut on the top 4 drawers makes me think that the earthquake tried to split the world”maple” from the poor destitute “Haitian people”, however instead this tragic earthquake caused the world to come together and do whatever they could to help out Haiti, it is these bottom 4 drawers that remind me all the kids that are being adoped by americans, about my friend Michael Andrew who is still down in Haiti working with Matthew who is from Haiti and his family who survived the earthquake. The 2 of them are delivering food to orphanges that haven’t recieved aid. This box now reminds me of my need to go back to Haiti as soon as I can, and also how blessed I am in so many ways.
I hope you enjoy my Yin Yang Earthquake box.