What's in a name?

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Project by junipercanyon posted 06-16-2014 10:55 PM 2688 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What’s in a name? A persons name in often carries with it little or no meaning beyond the general purpose of identifying who one individual is from the next. The reason why someone has a name in the first place is rarely ever a consideration…..But when we create an object and give it a name, a building….or a bridge….or a work of art….the name of that object is usually chosen very carefully to convey the intended purpose or message behind all the effort that has been put into the work. We hope people will take the time to pay attention to what has been accomplished and question its purpose . Its name represents the creative soul of the project. I have been struggling to name this piece for quite some time now. I know inside what I want this piece to represent, I just haven’t been able to sum it up in a name. I have been procrastinating posting this publicly for months, I have logged on many times to do so but always get hung up with the curser blinking in the empty Title Box….but I am getting impatient with myself and decided today is the day…I’ll upload the pictures, and start typing,....lets see what happens.

This project started in 2011, my dad had been clear cutting juniper trees for a range management water shed project for several months, and one day as he was sawing through acres of trees, something about this twisted limb caught his attention. He didn’t know at the time what I might do with this piece of wood, but he thought I would probably like it so he took an extra minute to cut it off and pack it home for me. Well,...I did like it,...a lot. I didn’t know what I would do with it at the time, but something about it felt like it would be an important project for me. It didn’t take me long to strip off the bark and started sanding, but I struggled to decide what kind of project to shape this into. So I just kept sanding….and sanding,...and sanding some more, waiting for whatever it is inside that takes over and shows me what to do next. For 3 years this piece transitioned out of the dusty corners of my shop and onto the workbench, sometimes with nothing more than a wipe down with a rag and a thoughtful look over before returning it back to the forgotten corners as I worked on other projects….and then it happened. I don’t know what it was, but something happened because here it is finally finished!!....I think it must have came together in my minds eye when I randomly chose to pull the piece of wood that I used to form the base out of my wood pile,....I must have set it up on the bench and thought to myself, hmmm, I wonder if I did this…..(see pictures below)

Well, I didn’t do that, but I spent a lot of time trying, several days in fact trying to sculpt the two limbs together…But it just wasn’t right. It was too awkward and didn’t tell whatever story it was that I had inside…I almost scrapped the base piece of wood and put the limb back on the shelf, but then it came to me…..Finally, the vision of the finished project jumped into existence, and I was in for a test of my abilities.

The base is intended to represent the flowing water of a desert stream, the copper and turquoise inlays catching the glint of light just enough to catch your attention and draw your eye into the details of the piece. The twisted limb represents a horses leg stepping into the stream, again using copper and turquoise inlays to look like horse shoe nails. An important theme hidden in its construction is that I wanted the piece to represent a sense of freedom, so it is only held together with magnets. There are tiny rare earth magnets inlayed in the base that hold it down to the scrap piece of steel, and magnets inlayed in the limbs to hold the “leg” in place. No screws, nails, or glue. Just the forces of creativity and nature. I also wanted the piece to also tell a story, and to hopefully inspire a uniqe interpretation from everyone who appreciates it. There is a purpose and conversation that can be had if a persons attention can be focused enough to consider the things in this world from the viewpoints of others, dad didn’t know what this limb might mean to me when he cut it, it certainly wasn’t anything he wanted for himself, but he considered it as something I would appreciate and brought it home for me….

hmmmm….maybe thats it, yep, I think I will name this piece,.....”Perception” June 16, 2014.

Pictures by Darby Wickersheim, thank you!

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#1 posted 06-16-2014 11:27 PM

GOOD GOD, but that’s beautiful!!!!!!!!

Gotta get me some of that juniper from here in CO.

Thanks for sharing your journey. Again, absolutely beautiful!


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#2 posted 06-16-2014 11:34 PM

Most beautiful pieces of art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!................Jim

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

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#3 posted 06-16-2014 11:38 PM

Simply marvellous piece of sculpture!
My first reaction to the photo was that of seeing a gentle caress of a horse’s hoof!
It is so nice meeting you!
I look forward to viewing more of your work in the future.
Regards, an LJ friend,

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#4 posted 06-17-2014 12:13 AM

I see the hoof also. Beautiful craftsmanship and artistry.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 12:25 AM

Beautiful. I can relate to three and four year projectss(work on them, sometimes just look at them, put them back in the corner, but eventually the ligth bukb will light and the project gets finished).

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#6 posted 06-17-2014 12:34 AM

twisted taffy!

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#7 posted 06-17-2014 01:04 AM

Your Dad is a smart guy. He put this wood into the right hands to release its perception.

Great to see your artistry again. :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 06-17-2014 01:18 AM

Great to see you posting again. Wonderful work as always. Love the hoof (it’s something my dad would have loved)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 06-17-2014 02:14 AM

Your patience with this has paid off handsomely. What a wonder work of art!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 06-17-2014 02:37 AM

That is one gorgeous piece of wood turned into an extraordinary sculpture.

How about “Alien”!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#11 posted 06-17-2014 07:05 AM

Great sculpting, sometimes it takes time to come to an end, sometimes there is no real end

-- Dreaming patterns

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#12 posted 06-17-2014 12:22 PM

i dont no a name but it is beautiful would make a great center pice in a room i love it its something to be proud of

-- Punk in PA

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#13 posted 06-17-2014 06:53 PM

A clever process leading to a joyful finished art piece.Very well thpought out . Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 06-18-2014 05:22 AM

Nice art work, although wood itself is the ultimate art of nature, I hope you agree.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 06-18-2014 05:19 PM

words can not do it justice

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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