"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #76: Wood and I....Sculpture

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Wood and I….Sculpture

….while walking down the isles of life’s design,
i was roiled enough to loose my way on a walk-about,
the forest and trees no-longer fed this hunger within,
and for days becoming years my dreams died as inaesthetic….

….that was in-deed the hole i dug until i had no-strength dig deeper,
what came next was confronting my dragon and refusing his lies any-more,
so i went back to the woods fearing to hope and believe what i might find,
what i found was that whether i failed or succeeded that choice was not mine,

….life and i plus wood cannot ever truly be taken away unless i let my dreams go,
so i set my eyes on some wood and started hearing the wood as it told a story,
the story took me back too times past when men sculptured the wood by hand,
next i took a piece of maple burl and cut off a log sitting out in my log station….

….now again i have started getting my passion for wood back after two years plus,
this silence of my being is one i don’t call bad or good as it has just been where ‘i am’,
my working the wood and sculpture is firmly set in my mind till my body brings closure,
wood sculpture will resurrect my mind-my body will resurrect by liver transplant or death,
—-this is the story that the wood told me—-

So what ‘pray tell’ has all these words been speaking about up until this point, while gleaning some wisdom for now and any now’s to come. Lets take a fresh look at the cut burl, refusing to be led amiss by time and; ’’well it’s just a piece of wood’’. How many times have I said this, only to miss out on the beauty that has all-ready been written within the wood.

Beauty only gives her-self to one who willing to take all she is! What about the times we take beauty for what is be-holden on the out-side, and never probing beneath her surface….till we are often disappointed with what we have received? This burl was hand cut with a chain saw and then just sat waiting her time which brings out an-other side of beauty, she is patient never demanding her way or feeling the need to be right. I can remember how I dealt with ‘situation control’, before liver disease showed me who was really in control. She knows that her life has now been placed in my hands and soon will come the knife, chisel, gouge too sculpture a new image. In all of this we shall yet also learn some of what beauty can teach us as I sculpture a ‘wooden beauty’.

Next on my blog story in this series, I will turn the wood around and we shall see if there be any beauty in-side….? As I start getting more involved in this sculpture, the pictures will start showing more of the tools I am using and their purpose for this work of art. We shall also be viewing how the wood takes on a new life of it’s own….which I can only hope also be-comes my story, when one day I get a second chance at life!


-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 05-15-2011 08:34 PM

that is the most powerful posting you have made, (to me anyway…. )
it is so beautiful – it made me cry, it made my Spirit soar, it made we long to go walk in my gardens..
beautiful Frank. Beautiful

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

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#2 posted 05-15-2011 08:38 PM

Great to see you back Frank….excellent words for all and as thought provoking as ever…..I am looking forward to seeing the other side.

How is your barn doing? My hope is it is fairing well and that you will be able to continue your reconstruction journey.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 05-15-2011 08:45 PM

Hi Debbie;
You caught me just as I was going to turn the laptop off, after that I can view by my smart phone. I tend to shut down on Sundays and sleep a lot.

To say this is the ‘most power-full’ posting to you, is in-deed an honor of words you have placed at my feet. This is what I have been trying to say and write….’‘Beauty can do that….!’‘

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 05-15-2011 10:07 PM

Thank you for these words, Frank.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 05-15-2011 10:14 PM

Beautiful words, that’s for sure.

Now i’ll be anxiously waiting to see the other side of it.

PS: I think Martin should appoint you as poet laureate of LJs.

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

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#6 posted 05-15-2011 10:56 PM

Hello, old friend. I can only repeat Ms. Deb, and Dick’s well put idea. You are an inspiration, to that there is no doubt. You leave us lost in the middle of a huge forest, with ferns, moss and tall beautiful trees, flowing streams and beautiful craggy, snow capped mountains, reflected in a sky blue lake.
Again, as others, I await your next visual, verbal message and pray for that life giving gift, you so eagerly await. All my best Frank, God Bless, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 05-15-2011 11:22 PM

Frank: My prayers go out to you and the peace that comes from picking up the tools of man, and using them on the creation of God. May your insight bring out the inherent beauty of the wood and show it all to the world.

-- 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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#8 posted 05-16-2011 03:09 AM

Honest, I was sitting on my couch watching TV and said to myself, I wonder whatever became of Frank in NH. Began doing a search and wow, unrecognizable picture’ mabey it is him. I only had to read one sentence to be able to say to myself “FRANK”S BACK”. Where ya been? Now I can look forward to eloquent prose and writing only exceeded by the most well known authors in the world. Welcome back Frank, and don’t leave again.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#9 posted 05-16-2011 05:04 AM

Welcome back my friend, I have missed your postings. I turned my laptop around to see if I could see the other side of the piece of wood, sigh! No such luck! Guess I’ll have to wait. Good to have you back.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 05-17-2011 04:32 PM

....again I will add to all these comments by saying:

Thanks To All of You;
—-whom have answered with such comments!

Next is to answer two questions put forth here;
1.) reggiek asked; ”How is your barn doing?” The barn has been finished up some 95% and well….I’ve pretty much shut her down for a little over one year now. Time will tell what comes next, although if I get my transplant I will not be able to do woodworking in there for about one year….or when-ever.

2.) jackass asked; ”Where ya been?” Bless you my friend jackass since I guess you never read my earlier blog stories. These told of my liver disease and the uncertainty of all that now was given to me on my plate. To tell you the truth I still live in a ‘land of limbo’, at least that’s what my doctors and surgeons call it.

Thank you all.

-- --frank, NH,

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