WoodWriting Haiku Thursday's --by RusticWoodArt #11: "Mulled Wood" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 02-21-2008 02:20 PM 1344 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Mulled Wood

....your yearning smites me,
as from wood and tea i’m drawn,
smoothed by time i mull
—by flp

Delight-full pieces here as I draw an image, deep from the forest and bring some of this together with a gods drink.

The wood above is:
....white oak, which I made into a counter top, finished with shellac and poly….what you see in the background, (and very little of it) is some re-claimed two hundred old barn board, (plus some years, but who’s counting) finished in boiled linseed oil and beeswax….yes, the one cup of tea is sitting on a knot, which I knocked out of a piece of pine and has become a test sample for shellac, (garnet) on my list is a ‘wood button’ there in the top center, (oak) which has sat in a five gallon bucket of water throughout the seasons of two years along with other’s, gathering a nice stain of grey color for it’s unique character, and a piece of maple that I cut some 7 years ago and since then have been hand sanding, long ago I went beyond sandpaper and I am now working this one in #0000 steel wool….there is a very nice sheen starting to come out on this piece, which comes from the natural oils in the maple wood, the machine oil in the steel wool and then also the oil in my fingers….time on the maple piece and handwork is now around 5 years, but then again who’s counting. I will admit that the handwork with the steel wool on the maple has become an act of meditation and I still have not an image of what it shall be-come by name….

....the first cup of tea i offer to you,
is a call to friend-ship,
which is the duty of no-one,
and so is therefore open to all

Thank you.

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” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 02-21-2008 04:34 PM


You never cease to amaze me. Your patience and perseverance are absolutely wonderful. I can understand the meditative effects of working on the maple like you are doing but for 5 years? and still no end in sight?

Wow!!!! is all I can say.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-21-2008 05:50 PM

Well Frank…I hope you were not waiting all that time to drink that tea.. If so, wait just a tic longer til August and make iced tea, cause no doubt it is already cold.

Two years in a bucket of water, I’d like to see a close up shot of that pruned wood.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#3 posted 02-22-2008 01:58 PM

Hello all;
—-hi Scott; ....’patience’ is a lady all-ways out of reach, till we realize that she is a gift all-ready given. So where//when does ‘anger’ come into this ’romance with patience’....and it does, for I remember a time when not understanding patience, I would often get sentiments of anger building up within at some-one or some-thing. Well anger or maybe better said; anger at lack of what I thought was patience, is as a log of wood that has been burned on both ends….and soured in the middle….worthy of no-use to any.

Now you also mention ‘perseverance’, but I will hold off on that one for now….lets see, what we’re really talking about when we talk of perseverance is….tenacity…..tenaciousness….’The Tenacious Woodworker’, WOW sounds like a blog story to me….

—-hi Rob; ....and yes, I did drink the tea….but having sat for some time in my kitchen yesterday morning, it was plenty cold….LOL. I will gather some of what you call ‘pruned’ wood here soon and take some photos and maybe see about getting a blog story on this one….lets see now, ’Pruned Wood’.....hmmmm…..

And let me also add, that I thank you both for pushing my imagination level, for the ideas of future blog stories…

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 02-22-2008 07:18 PM

this is beautiful Frank…Thank you.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#5 posted 02-23-2008 01:38 PM

Hello Steffen;
—-your comments are all-ways welcome….and might I add that see-er’s of beauty are likely candidates of be-holden beauty!

Great to see you stopping by and I just figure you’ve been a little busy lately with work and life….and as all-ways,

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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