The Power of Love: A carving.

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Hey guys! This is my first project that I’ve been proud enough with to post here on LJ’s so be gentle :D.

I wanted a pendent that had some meaning to it, so I went combing through my folder containing all of the Adinkra symbology (West Africa, Ghana to be precise) and came upon the above.

The symbol is ‘ODO NNYEW FIE KWAN’ which means “Love never loses its way home” or “Power of love”. Granted, my interpretation is nowhere near as precise as the reference version but I never wanted it to be that way. I wanted it to feel less ‘produced’ and more ‘primitive’. It’s carved out of lignum vitae; the national tree of The Bahamas and now a protected species, so acquiring the wood is extremely hard work and time consuming (involves a lot of bush-whacking searching for a tree that has already died). The finish is the natural oils of the wood.

It wasn’t until the last year that I’ve gotten into woodworking and carving, but, I feel like I’ve found a great creative outlet. let me know what you think!

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 10:01 AM

Lovely carving, nicely done. You are correct, for us chosen few, woodworking and carving is a tremendous creative outlet. In my mind, there is nothing quite like it in the world. For me, working in wood brings me closer to the earth. I try to use wood that has been used before, in barns or whatnot, or wood that was killed off naturally, i.e. lightning strikes. This way I don’t harm the planet, and I let the spirit of the wood speak to me, and tell ME what it wants to become, rather than the other way around. It is also why I prefer to use antique tools/machines. I believe I can feel the spirit of all the other woodworkers who used that tool before me. They speak to me through my bench plane that was used by my Great Great Grandfather to make steamer trunks, and other things. I can hear him talking to me. Hope this makes sense…. at any rate, job well done, and I look forward to more projects from you in the future.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 03:17 PM

This is a wonderful piece and your story and sentiments are beautifully told. It’s early in the day here in Michigan and this has set my day off just right.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

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#3 posted 11-15-2011 01:16 AM

Thanks guys!

Woodspanker – I know just what you mean, although being someone who has spent my entire life on the ocean the recent transition to ‘land lubber’ that I was forced to make has been a difficult one. I’m still discovering the beauty in wood and I’ve begun to accumulate quite a collection of lumber and reclaimed wood from old sail boats.

Russ – I’m honoured that this helped set a good mood for the day! That is what I always aim to do through my art work

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