The Underbelly of a picnic butler

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Project by Arthouse posted 07-31-2012 03:57 PM 2187 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After considerable thought the experience was a long protracted one which crystallized into a moment of privileged clarity that had for the moment , in touch with what was deepest and most true inside of me into the deepest reality itself. Like a mystical journey a warmth came over me as a real butler flowered from within to present itself as a ever-present silent butler one who stands to witness but to never tell the secrets spoken at dinner or lunch conversation or be in that place inside of us where we long for a soul mate. A statue one to keep company for a dinner alone . A friend who one can dress up and wear different hats . This was my intent to produce a woodworking piece that can invoke feeling . A true piece of Art that shows some feeling in a sculpture . I know it is hard to show feelings in furniture but I can only have love when I make a piece but cannot invoke deepest feelings like a true two dimensional painting can. So I present the “Underbelly of a Picnic Butler. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 07-31-2012 04:21 PM

I love that he can change his hat! And having a butler serving me while on a picnic sounds fabuoous. Maybe someone to talk to when my date fails to show up :-) – a bit like a bartender – bend his ear a little.

I will say, however, that he looks like he took a shogun blast to the chest!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 04:28 PM

That is way cool. I love it.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 05:44 PM

That is cool. He’ll take orders and never talk back!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 07-31-2012 09:24 PM

This is way kool. Good luck in the contest.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 08-01-2012 03:01 AM

now thats a butler ,very cool ,good luck

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Raymond Thomas

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#6 posted 08-01-2012 11:05 AM

That is one outstanding butler!

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#7 posted 08-01-2012 01:00 PM

A very stalwart, strong and silent butler. It looks like he will be around for a long time to listen, never comment,
take orders and carefully ignore them. A wonderful piece of whimsy and art. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 08-01-2012 04:05 PM

Ummm…I think it’s cool, I just didn’t understand a word of your description.

Gosh, round about “crystallize” I drifted away
and I think my eyes crystallized over about then,
and then Mrs. WoodrookieII hollers at me
and wants to why I’m babbling about
the belly of a butler that has a flower coming out of it.

It’s just way too much for me.

(just kidding)



View Arthouse's profile


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#9 posted 08-01-2012 05:21 PM

woodrookie11 your reaction is normal , scratching the head helps. I was describing internally how my idea’s come to light. We woodworkers know how to make a table saw sing or produce magic from a router that’s the technique part and fun part . For me it is just as important to understand the process of creating from internally formulating from the deepest depth’s of my creativity shapes , texture , color, hue,space and mass thru my reality. In another words all ideas spin in my hopper till I have all the answers then it drops and comes out from within . I don’t even draw anymore. This is inspiration . My problem is I ‘ve honed this process to the point where in one day I can come up with concepts that will keep me busy for over six months. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 08-01-2012 05:27 PM

I thought it was really COOL!

Nice job!

A true Butler! LOL

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 08-01-2012 05:45 PM

Thanks Dan. The tongue was firmly in the cheek when I posted my comment.

Your “projects” are not only stunning in concept, but exquisite in detail.

Hence I remain…....


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#12 posted 08-07-2012 01:40 AM

I’ll stick my neck out, be presumptive and say congratulations on the win.
Sometimes it pays to be literal, as you so literally took the project title to heart. Sometimes it pays to be figurative too as I look at the butler that is more alive than many. A real fine build.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#13 posted 08-19-2012 04:50 AM

That’s a great idea . . . only if I had a big enough tree!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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