|Project by MsDebbieP||posted 11-07-2011 05:35 PM||2512 views||0 times favorited||23 comments|
I may not do a lot of woodworking but I do like to make items to use for my consultation work to help people visualize a message or story. This is one such project
The Fire of Truth
The Fire of Truth represents my understanding of a Native traditional story. The story goes something like this:
To fully know a fire one must see it from all sides, all perspectives. We must listen to others’ perspectives and points of view and mesh them with our own in order to get the bigger picture. The fire, of course, is symbolic of greater truths.
With this visual aid I am able to speak with people about truly listening to what others have to say, in order to learn from them and to mesh the beliefs and perspectives together into a wider, stronger and wiser view of the “truth”.
Sitting in a circle, I have individuals each describe the fire “as they see it”. The heads nod in agreement as each description is presented, and the “truth” becomes fuller and richer as we work our way around the circle.
When speaking about something specific, rather than the inscribed words, we used words that depict the individual’s perspective of a situation and then contemplate the perspective of those who may be sitting on an opposing side.
The wood is from the “Grand Ol’ Lady” maple tree that I have spoken about many times, here at LumberJocks.com and at GardenTenders.com. The great tree died a few years ago but continues to live on and to inspire me in so many ways. (Ex. the fungus in my photos here were located at her dripline.)
I cut some branches into manageable lengths of wood, approximately 6” in length.
I sanded a small section on the drum sander, creating a flat surface for the pyrography.
I then inscribed into the sanded areas some key words that I think of as core beliefs (ex. honesty, action, integrity)
(and here is a little video I made re: The Fire of Truth) Video
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)