One Tree Woodwork

Custom woodworking and art

A carving Samurai or a rolling stone

I worked all weekend on getting my shop up to snuff I have built several furniture projects and have done little cleaning so I had a lot of catch up to do. I installed a real nice kolbe and kolbe window that was an over-order by the previous builder on an old house restoration we built several years ago so it finally met some utility. I built a simple little table and turned it into a carving station with a view of my pear tree and water feature not exactly the pacific ocean but its the best this texas boy can do at the moment. I am carving a japanese styled cherry tree complete with blossoms onto a beautifully figured piece of sycamore I have attempted to place the tree in such a way that I can use the natural figure of the wood to create a cloud effect behind the tree. My plan is to then inlay pink calcite stone into the blossoms and black calcite mixed with some malachite into the trunk and branches. I have not acquired the stone yet,  I think I will get it from Ebay.                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                  salvaged western cedar arched top  gate rough shape but still has some life in it and it matches the fence what can I say it was free.

Cherry blossom is the national flower of Japan, where it originated. The main characteristic of the cherry blossom is that when it falls, it does so at once. It symbolizes the militarism and Samurai spirit of the Japanese. There is no scent in cherry blossoms grown in Korea and the US. But, in Japan, people praise the scent of the cherry blossom and it is often spoken of in poems. 

To honor its beauty, and short life span, the Japanese celebrate its arrival with a yearly festival. Friends gather under the trees to enjoy ~sake~ (rice wine), sing songs, and celebrate the coming of spring. It is used in wedding ceremonies because the Japanese love to enjoy the cherry blossom scent during happy occasions. Most events, such as an entrance ceremony or the starting of a company which relates with ~the start of life~ are held during ~the month of blooming cherry blossoms~ in April.

There is an expression that, ~A flower is a cherry blossom, a person is a Samurai.~ It means that when the Samurai faces danger, he is not afraid of death, because, like a cherry blossom, he will shrivel and fall at once, without hesitation. To the Japanese, this tree represents not only ascetic beauty, but also transience melancholy, and the honor of graceful resignation. Many references to the cherry blossom are found in Japanese poetry and literature. These trees have been offered by Japan as symbols of peace to the countries of the world. Cherry Blossoms now adorn the banks of the Potomac river, in Washington DC, and the remains of the Berlin wall.


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This entry was posted on June 21, 2011 by in Carvings.


Morning has broken. The desolation of my lettuce plant: cabbage loopers have descended upon my garden with great vengeance- attacking not only the lettuce but the broccoli and Brussel sprouts. Laying waste and leaving nothing but a path of destruction in their wake. Do not go gentle into that goodnight.... urban farmer turns vigilante. No looper left alive... all must parish. We must kill the entire bloodline. The very fate of our tiny garden depends on it...... TGIF friends!!! I stopped by one of my all time favorite butcher shops on my way to a new job site they happen to make some of the best turkey jerky in the world. Old school doesn’t even begin to describe it. Keep Main Street America alive. Will miss it when it’s gone. Quick very abridged vid of Smith project.
We had our cleaners come and do a make ready as we march towards completion. Many details to come in the next few weeks pool,landscape,road and entrance. It’s always satisfying to see something you’ve worked on for a year get close to completion. It’s almost time to turn the page. Almost....................... but not yet. Keep calm and carry on until then. Sunday morning vibes. Hung a new proper light for over the dining table...... and yes that’s a heron I carved from cedar flying out of the wall (almost exactly due south-dumb luck). Below and to the left was my homage to Starry Night I carved with a chainsaw. The lamp in the corner was driftwood I found on the banks of Llano river while  fly fishing. The plaque above the window is carved in Latin IPSI SIBI SOMNIA FINGUNT with a hawk carved on one side and a tree on the other. Home is where the heART is. Date night at our favorite restaurant.
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