That Song in My Head

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Project by leafherder posted 08-25-2013 06:26 PM 1027 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Lumberjocks, Allow me to present my first Suiseki. I really love wood and I really love rocks so I was really really impressed by the Suiseki creations of Hybridwoodwork and Waho6o9 here on Lumberjocks. When one of my co-workers brought me this piece of granite rubble from the Crazy Horse Monument I decided to try my hand at creating my own Suiseki. I selected a slice from the trunk of a dwarf cherry tree that I had to cut down a few years ago after it died of some type of blight. I don’t know what color horse Chief Crazy Horse rode and I mean no disrespect, but the minute I started working on it that song about the black horse and the cherry tree got stuck in my head. I only sanded part way through the bark to get that swirling texture effect on the sides. The finish is hand rubbed paste wax. Finished size is 8” long X 4” wide x 3.5” tall. As you can see in picture 5 my router skills need work – this was actually my first time using the router. And in picture 6 you can see the saw marks on the bottom – I may cover those up with some felt. But I am happy with the result. As my boss said “before it was just a rock – now it is more than a rock.” Amazing what a little wood can do. Questions, comments and critiques are always welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- Leafherder

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#1 posted 08-25-2013 06:52 PM

I like the stone and wood combo. A work of art indeed!


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#2 posted 08-25-2013 06:56 PM

Outstanding work Leafherder! Gorgeous grain patterns compliment

the granite nicely, well done my friend.

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#3 posted 08-25-2013 10:20 PM

Thanks Bentwood and Waho6o9,

If two such accomplished artists as yourselves like it, then I must have done something right.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 08-26-2013 02:10 AM

Good job! It really is a spiritual undertaking somehow, isn’t it?

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#5 posted 08-26-2013 06:02 AM

A new word for me. Will look into it. Thanks for posting

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 08-26-2013 04:33 PM

Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 08-26-2013 08:54 PM

Thanks for the compliments guys.

To Hybridwoodwork: My projects always have a spiritual element to them, the time I spend shaping and sanding is my way to unwind after a stressful day – almost a Zen quality to it. Because of the source of this stone, it took on extra meaning – I was honoring the man as well as Nature.

To Deon: I am sure you would like it if you tried it. Your work with native woods is beautiful, and I am sure Italy has a lot of interesting (and possibly historical) stones.

To helluvawreck: Glad you like it.

To everyone else who has looked: Thanks for looking!

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 08-28-2013 01:55 PM

Very cool!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#9 posted 08-28-2013 08:41 PM

Thanks Robert. Branching out from my usual canes is fun (Yes bad pun intended.)

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 07-19-2015 05:24 PM

Never heard of Suiseki before. You’ve wrinkled my brain.

-- Mark

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