Handmade Portraits #5: Handmade Portraits: Jason Tennant

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Blog entry by Etsy posted 08-20-2010 09:30 PM 9164 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see Nature at all. But, to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is imagination itself.” — William Blake, Letter to the Reverend John Trusler, August 23, 1799

Jason Tennant is grounded. He is rooted in his place with strength and dignity, not so distinct from the trees surrounding him.

Before my encounter with Jason, a sculptor and painter, I had a lot of ideas about his work. Meeting him washed these ideas away, and I was left with the raw emotion that lingers in his carvings. His sculptures are quiet, flowing in the grace of their motion, but also hard and complex, like the wilderness that is their subject. There was a lot of silence in our time together — silence that made louder the sound of the leaves and more obvious the wrinkles of the wood.

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#1 posted 08-20-2010 11:55 PM

Wow, that is really poetic. It looks like something on a PBS pledge drive. I wish I was sitting along side that lake right now. So serene. Beautiful work!

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#2 posted 08-21-2010 02:22 PM

My favorite book is Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Walden help to turn me around into the right direction when I was a rebellious teenager many decades ago. The book was the first one that I ever read all the way through and it put me on the path of learning and instilled in me the love of books that I still have. This video reminded me of Walden. Jason does very impressive work and seems to be a man who has a very strong bond with nature. I like Jason – thanks for posting this.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 08-21-2010 03:35 PM


We hiked in a pristine chestnut forest in Ohio yesterday.

I, too, like the writings of Thoreau. However, he only lived at Walden Pond for about 14 months, if I recall correctly.

My favorite woodsy writer is Harlan Hubbard, who lived his entire life, along with his wife Anna, on the Ohio River and in its woodlands. His perspective on rustic living runs much deeper than Thoreau’s. Harlan was an artist and a primitive woodworker. I’ve studied his works for years.

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#4 posted 08-22-2010 11:57 PM

Very nice.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#5 posted 09-03-2010 05:28 AM

Beautiful work and an even more beautiful outlook on life and insight on nature.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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