Circle of Life

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Project by trifern posted 07-30-2008 12:17 AM 2638 views 3 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It all started one blustery day. I was released from my mothers arm and I twirled through the sky. The man called me junk, the little girl called me a helicopter. She twirled me over and over again. That night she tucked me into some warm soil.

I quickly grew legs and shot up towards the sun. The little girl nourished me and talked to me regularly. One day I caught the man’s eye. He reached down to puck my feet from the soil as he mumbled ” damn weed.” The little girl came running over, pleading my case with tears in her eyes.

Over the years we grew together. Many years I provided shelter, a place to climb, someone to talk too, a back drop for portraits and numerous other happy occasions.

One night, out of no where, a storm blew in from the south. I fought it’s brutal breath with all my might. After awhile I grew weary and could not fight any longer. The mighty wind brought me to my knees.

A few days later the little girl, now an elderly lady, came out and paid her respects. Then a man sawed and chopped on me for hours. He explained to my dear friend he would not charge her if he could keep me to burn as firewood. She said he could have all of me except my heart. The man looked perplexed, but did not argue. With a couple of swift cuts, he left my heart lying there as if I was a piece of junk.

The next day the little girl and her sister loaded me in their car. They drove me far away. They handed me to a nice man they called Trifern. She told him to make me into something that other people might enjoy. I heard her whisper as Trifern carried me away, “You’ll never be a weed or a piece of junk to me, you’ll always be my treasure.”

Trifern skillfully trimmed away some of my fat. He not only found my heart, but found the very character of my soul. He even carved out a ring and glued purpleheart dust into it. He called it “The Circle of Life.”

So here I am for all to see. I can’t wait because Trifern promised me a family reunion with a little girl!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#1 posted 07-30-2008 12:32 AM

An absolutely great story and a fantastic piece. Your creativity continues to show in your words and work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 07-30-2008 12:44 AM

Very nice turning.

You get the story telling, or poetry award.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Michael Brailsford

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#3 posted 07-30-2008 01:03 AM


-- Michael A. Brailsford

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Bob O'Brien

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#4 posted 07-30-2008 01:37 AM

Exquisite turning and great tale!

-- Bob

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#5 posted 07-30-2008 01:54 AM

”...but found the very character of my soul”

Beautiful story, beautiful piece

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#6 posted 07-30-2008 02:00 AM

very nice story! you should send that to a magazine! i’m sure they would be very impressed! and the great turning is a bonus :)

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#7 posted 07-30-2008 02:06 AM

fantastic!!! I love the ring!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 07-30-2008 02:43 AM

Nice job all the way around. What do you have in mind for the family reunion with the little girl?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#9 posted 07-30-2008 02:43 AM

Looking good … show-off.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#10 posted 07-30-2008 02:44 AM

Many woodworkers are full of talents far beyond the circle of woodworking; you’re one of the shining examples.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#11 posted 07-30-2008 02:54 AM

So, just wowing us with your exquisite turnings wasn’t enough anymore? Now you’ve gone and proved you are a talented wordworker as well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 07-30-2008 03:09 AM

That story reminded me of Shel Silverstien’s “The Giving Tree”. That is a wonderful story and BEAUTIFUL turning. Keep up the good work.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#13 posted 07-30-2008 03:20 AM

Joe…Great Story! I enjoyed reading it :) And I love the design of this bowl and you did a fantastic job with it! (as always)

Thanks for the post.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 07-30-2008 03:23 AM

Very nice turning. Thanks also for the story-for I never would have known how the purple heart ring got there. Great job, keep up the story telling and woodworking!
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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Douglas Bordner

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#15 posted 07-30-2008 04:45 AM

Misted me up. Good platter too…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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