Feather Stick

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 02-02-2007 05:26 PM 2152 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

after our discussions of Wood Spirits and I discovered the face in the one piece of 2×4 I also found this piece of knot wood that had fallen out of a board.

I thought the wood itself was beautiful and sat it on my workbench as an inspiration. I guess I was doing as Frank does, without knowing – I just watched it, admired it, and I guess listened for it to tell me what it was meant to be, because it finally said to me “I’m a feather”.

And so I got out my wood-burner and burned my rendition of a feather onto the face of the wood.

The back of the wood is just as beautiful as the smooth front and so it is extra special to me.

The final picture posted is the Feather Stick sitting in my little Heart Box, to give you an idea of its size.

I wish you could all hold it—I think it is a very powerful little piece of wood.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 02-02-2007 05:45 PM

Very nice, & pretty good imagination Debbie. The back reminds me of a stone srearhead.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 02-02-2007 10:38 PM

Almost like a fossil or a fetish

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#3 posted 02-02-2007 10:54 PM

Don’t ket them kid you Debbie. It looks like a feather to me. Very good.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 02-02-2007 11:30 PM

thank you guys.

it is an interesting piece of wood, to me anyway.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 02-03-2007 02:53 AM

Hi Debbie;
—-now I think that you are on a roll….!

I also looked at the #2 photo and immediately another image came out to me, but I’ll let it go unspoken and maybe this piece will again speak to you….

WoodArt is where you find it and then comes the moment when the art-of-wood finds you!

-- --frank, NH,

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#6 posted 02-03-2007 01:50 PM

you are tantalizing my vision Mr. Frank!!!
what is it that you see?
Perhaps an owl?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 02-03-2007 02:31 PM

Debbie, don’t let yourself come under the spell of that smooth-skinned white-bearded artist. His incantations likely have galdoric origins.

Oh, nice feather Board!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 02-03-2007 02:42 PM

lol … Don, thanks for the word of caution!! haha

thanks re: my little feather

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 02-06-2007 04:50 PM

I can see where Frank is influencing your work. Just don’t grow a long gray beard! Ha.

very nice, thanks for posting,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#10 posted 11-21-2007 11:59 PM

Good Work

-- Robert,

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#11 posted 04-12-2008 04:04 AM


—looks a bit grumpy doesn’t he, Must be irritated with being locked up in the wood. I wish I had skills to let such beings out, alas I have no artistic tallent


-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#12 posted 04-14-2008 02:05 PM

Hi Deb,

This one surfaced on my review list. You posted it long before I came on board. I definately can see a commonality between yours and Frank’s philosophies. I admire and respect this ability to see the inner beauty of wood. I sorely lack this ability but, despite being artistically challenged, I do appreciate seeing this gift expressed by others.

Or maybe being able to “hear the wood speaking” as Frank does is a by-product of all those long days indoors due to the snowfall and not enough outside time. :)

Seriously thanks for the post and the inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 04-14-2008 02:58 PM

how nice of you Scott
wow what a compliment – to be compared to Frank!! :D

I think you are right about spending time outdoors or at least in the presence of some nature.
Here’s my challenge to you: put a natural chunk of wood on your desk or where you spend most of your day. Just sit in its presence for a week or so.. and watch/listen for it to speak to you.
You don’t have a chunk of wood? Pick up a piece of fallen branch that you find on a sidewalk or something…

:) Have fun!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 04-18-2008 03:39 AM

If this is a feather, than maybe the rest of the tree is an Owl, or an Eagle? You’d better find it and sculpt the rest of it into it’s true form. You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you.

It’s important to recognize the simple beauty in wood and not to take the ordinary for granted. People often seek out the “exotic” almost to the point at which it isn’t that interesting or amazing anymore. You can get wood from anywhere in the world these days just by going to the store or clicking your mouse. But seeing the beauty in a piece of wood from your back yard is much more valuable.

I like your palm sized feather sculpture, Deb.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 04-18-2008 12:48 PM

thanks Blake

you are so right… I used to write a weekly article for our newspaper about birds and other nature stuff. At first, when I was out driving, I’d say “oh it’s justa ….” whatever.. then I realized that the “justas” were as beautiful and as precious as the rare sightings.

I guess this point really came home with our 2×4 challenge—- no longer can we say “it’s justa 2×4”... beautiful creations came out of those little boards!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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