|Project by nakedwood||posted 07-09-2012 07:57 PM||2617 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
Made a Karate Belt rack out of oak and maple. The main support is rough sawn maple and the remainder is oak.
The maple support has large saw mill marks in it to symbolize that there is beauty under ugliness. My maple is from an Amish sawmill and looks terrible from being out in the weather for 5 years, but gorgeous after the right amount of work.
Every oak shelf has a defect in it; spaulting, knots, curly, worm holes, or burl in order to symbolize that no matter how high you get in rank, there are always flaws in your technique. In other words, nobody is perfect.
The defects are considered very favorable in my woodworking because they give the piece so much extra character. Defects are considered undesirable when buying wood but very desirable for woodworkers.
The top shelf has the most character in it. It contains a small amount of oak burl, the most desirable flaw and ugly part of a tree, reserved for the Black Belt.
Maybe I put too much thought into my work. I don’t care, it’s fun!
-- Beau Lasiewicz