The Old Man in the Wood

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As I blogged recently I was cleaning up a piece of English Yew when out popped a face.
Sometimes these things happen and it would be a shame to throw it away.

I’ve taken Mafe’s advice and framed it and named it as above. Thanks Mads.

Its Yew with an Ebony border 95mm x 80mm x 7mm.

Finish is my old favourite wax over sanding sealer.

The picture now posted is a corrected version with the original bowing (lens feature) removed, thanks Sheila (scrollgirl)

Be seeing you

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 1308 days ago

I am happy to see you do this, Martyn. He deserves to be framed and displayed this way. The ebony accents the Yew beautifully and he is an exquisite piece of art.

Great choice! Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 1308 days ago

Thank you for the words.
I think you did the right thing, he will look at you in the future, and tell you many storys.
Beautiful job you did, I’m sure you will be happy.
Also it will be interesting to tell kids and friends, a story of the old man in the tree that finally shows his face.
Best thoughts from my heart,

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

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#3 posted 1308 days ago

This morning, my son (3 1/2) sat in his high chair for about ten minutes and contemplated that man in the wood. We believe he has a pig nose and was trapped in the wood. Also, Elijah is certain he saw him move his nose.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#4 posted 1308 days ago

Good fun, I love it.
What a beautiful piece of wood. Yew nailed it.

A while ago, LJ GaryK posted a bookmatch veneer with another face.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 1308 days ago


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 1308 days ago

It is as if the wood is speaking to you. Cool!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 1308 days ago

That’s really neat. I see the popularized depiction of Nero in this. Ironic, as he had that prediliction for setting fires which is the enemy of wood…. you have trapped him for all eternity.

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#8 posted 1308 days ago

I love this type of behavior we humans share – it’s called pareidolia. It’s a an evolved trait which enables us to quickly pick out the faces of creatures/enemies that would eat/kill us if we weren’t quick enough running away basically. :-)

You can read all about it here:

I can easily pick out a face in each horizontal surface of my bar that I made:

Too cool Martyn – that deserves to be framed and displayed!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#9 posted 1308 days ago

I also see the pig’s nose in the photo. Maybe is is a picture of “Old Pig Woman with a Lizard in her hair”. Whatever anyone visualizes it to be, it is a rare piece and needs to be framed and on the wall.

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#10 posted 1308 days ago

sure looks like a tinted mirror to me

it’s good you framed it

now that’s a new one

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 1308 days ago

I always wondered what the ol’man of the woods looked like :-) Nice project.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 1308 days ago

Sometimes ya just can’t improve on what mother nature hands us. Just frame it and enjoy it. Nice decision Martyn.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#13 posted 1308 days ago

Are we looking at them or are they looking at us?

Maybe one of us should start a forum thread where everyone can submit their “creatures”, a sort of “LJ’s Twilight Zone” gallery.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#14 posted 1308 days ago

I think Mafe’s idea was a good one and you executed it perfectly. Watching your projects and blogs I’ve noticed you seem to have an abundance of Ebony aviailable for use. Lucky you. It’s almost as valuable as gold it seems.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#15 posted 1308 days ago

Nice project….until the dern thing starts moving at night on ya. I see other creatures in there as well.

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