"Woods of Cellular Best" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 06-12-2007 01:56 PM 1230 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woods of Cellular Best passing this way i thought to stop,
for it seems that ere was the way has become my way,
and in this passing of journeys across your silken mountain top,
you called my attention to the valley below of wooden flowered bouquet….

—-and so i descended to their pastures of green,
where played the children of adam’s bequest,
toiling daily was one i found working the boneyards of forest serene,
when taking notice of my watching he asked for one request….

”....may all my days be filled as good,
and let me never run from the face of come what may,
i am the best of all i am as completed in the wood,
and when tis my time let me burn with fire before a solar day….”

-( and after that, i granted to such this one, a full-filled life in woods of cellular best, where comes the time i’ll re-turn this way again)-

And so this morning I’ll start at the end of Mondays work….cutting firewood yesterday I ended by playing around with my thoughts about a coming bench that my wife wants for an outside rock table. Ripped a nice size chunk of green maple first and then I lifted it up onto some leg ends to see a picture image in my mind. Ha!, yes it is quite high….maybe I should name it ‘Little Ox Bench’. So while thinking of it’s height here, I grabed the piece….another ‘sliver’, and set up a footstool so as to climb up on and have a sit. Kind of makes you wonder what size that rock table is….but then, we grow our granite rocks big in NH.

....all in proportion, and everything in it’s space of place, while every place of space has a thing….and so the sky clouded up and thunderstorms rolled in, so I will have to work on downsizing this one latter….will chain saw carve the bench ends into the legs….hmmm, guess I had better carry this one first of all to it’s place of final sitting before attaching those legs….

....and then the rains stopped for a little, so I waundered in a garden, looking at the beauty of these Irises….


....and more….their beauty is grand….

....yes, the poppies are now starting to bloom….

....leftovers from last Saturday’s cutting of some spalted maple, and I have also carried these inside to dry some more also….I really do use it all….the bigger piece I will probably re-saw some more on, at the bandsaw….

....and then last, but by far….not least, since this one is a jewel in the rough, cut this one last year and I am now stripping the bark….will have to soak the wood for a couple of days to get the bark off….

Thank you.

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”....and in the understanding of the wood, i finally saw from where i now stood, that there was no difference in wood or i, we both where one in the story of all my ‘wood art’….

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 06-12-2007 02:16 PM

Frank for President!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#2 posted 06-12-2007 02:17 PM

Beautiful flowers! I like the way you make use of every last drop of wood. Drives me crazy to see what big production shops discard. It borders on irreverence for the wood. Speaking of that…have you ever heard of a book titled “A Reverence for Wood” by Eric Sloane?

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 06-12-2007 02:43 PM

Great Story Frank

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 06-12-2007 03:33 PM

I enjoyed listening to how your mind worked as it figured out the bench /footstool :)

Thanks for the photo journal.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 06-12-2007 03:49 PM

All hail frank! All hail frank!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 06-12-2007 04:29 PM

Hail!! Hail!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 06-12-2007 05:09 PM

Wow…could you imagine Frank as President….two tofu in every pot, peace and prosperity abound, spalted maple for all! What are we waiting for! Stop the Presses! Frank is going to announce his canidacy.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 06-12-2007 05:13 PM

it would be a different world that we live in, that’s for sure! (and that’s in a good way)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 06-13-2007 11:23 AM

—-thank you all, for all your comments!

Miles; yes, I do know about this book; “A Reverence for Wood” by Eric Sloane and as a matter of fact….I have just about all his books. Being that I love old barns, timber framing and old wood, well Eric Sloane just fits in there.


-- --frank, NH,

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#10 posted 03-27-2008 06:18 AM

Hi Frank,
Looking at some old posts and curious what’s become of this final picture, i think I saw one other blog where it was cleaned up quite a bit. Is it still around or have to gone by the way of some art form? or both?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#11 posted 03-27-2008 02:50 PM

Hello Rob;
I’m still ‘watching’ this piece….and by that what I’m really saying is I’m waiting for the:

1.)—-the wood to speak….
2.)—-imagination to kick in….
3.)—-an image to appear within the matter of time….

Right now this one sits right inside my door after entering the shop, so there’s never a day that goes by when I’m not seeing it’s wooden skin. Actually as of late when I enter my shop, the piece is calling to me to stop and feel the wood….and I don’t mean to dis-respect the piece, but I’m too busy with other pieces of wood to get involved with this one also. Kind of like if I pick the piece up and then we connect….I mean I’m all-ready trying to get 30 hours of work out of a 24 hour day and then some….

I will see what happens this spring//summer….and until then have a great Texas day and,

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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