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~Julie~

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07-04-2012 09:21 PM

Can anyone help me, I’m trying to remember who said, and the exact quote that was something to the effect of letting the wood speak to the woodworker and it decides what it wants to be. Sorry, this is not so accurate, but it’s driving me crazy trying to search for it online. I believe it was a well-known woodworker.
Thanks for any help,
Julie

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca


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MonteCristo

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 10:12 PM

Maybe James Knenov or George Nakashima ?

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 10:24 PM

Sounds like something Roy Underhill would say – well, come to think of it – it sounds too serious for someone like Roy Underhill to have said it – though he may have quoted it sometime…

He did suggest that the jedi craftsman had to be ‘at one with the wood’
From his classic ‘The Spirit of Woodcraft’ Episode:
http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/video/2600/2607.html

Perhaps it is from Nakashima’s ‘The soul of a tree’
http://books.google.ca/books/about/The_Soul_of_a_Tree.html?id=_P8e2FlbbsYC&redir_esc=y
I couldn’t find any proof one way or another.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 07-04-2012 10:34 PM

Thanks for the leads, I believe it is Krenov and am searching further!

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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NaFianna

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#4 posted 07-04-2012 10:34 PM

Yes I have a vague memory of reading about some carver who ‘listened’ to the wood.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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~Julie~

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#5 posted 07-04-2012 10:52 PM

Perhaps both Nakashima and Krenov had similar thoughts.
I have discovered doing this research that I really need to buy a few books!

Thanks again

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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vipond33

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#6 posted 07-05-2012 02:24 PM

“I want to be a tree but you have cut me down to size.”
“I want to be a useful stop block for your mitre saw but you have embarrassed my shy self by making me a drawer front on your very publicly displayed jewelry box”.
Etc., etc., just couldn’t resist.
Seriously, I think it’s from Soul of a Tree.
gene

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

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 07-05-2012 03:37 PM

According to legend, an awestruck admirer looked at Michelangelo’s finished statue of David and asked him how he had done it. To which Michelangelo replied: “David was always there in the marble. I just took away everything that was not David.”

There is probably something in there that we can apply to ourselves on a personal level as well. :-)

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

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KnickKnack

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#8 posted 07-05-2012 07:12 PM

Thanks for this question.
I did some research and, whilst I didn’t find the explicit answer, I found a lot of sites saying similarish things.
Including getting me to http://www.nakashimawoodworker.com , which was fascinating, and has hopefully helped remind me to do more listening and less talking.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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daltxguy

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#9 posted 07-05-2012 08:06 PM

From the Nakashima website, there is this quote, though it is not clear whether this was from George Nakashima or his daughter Miro Nakashima

“Each tree, each part of each tree, has its own particular destiny, its own special yearning to be fulfilled.”

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Johnnyblot

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#10 posted 07-05-2012 08:31 PM

it sounds familiar to me. I think it may be the Craftsman who makes a Bell stand for the Emperor [?]. I think I read it in a Krenov book. I’ll check when I have more time.

John

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#11 posted 07-07-2012 02:44 AM

We used to have a problem solver guy that put on seminars. His name was Hans Bajaria and he was from India. He said when you have a paper problem in the plant, don’t ask management, talk to tree!!

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

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