One Tree Woodwork

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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.

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