One Tree Woodwork

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Out with the old in with ………..

Holiday pics from my abode—

In our area of Texas we rarely see the type of color on our trees that we have had this year. No doubt a product of the strange weather we have had in the last year.

  

I carved a couple of gifts for family members this year for Christmas. The carving below was carved from douglas fir with a platform mortised into the piece to hold a candle. Hung from a custom leather strap with hand stitching, the quote is from Buddha and  follows:

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

The piece was meant to be lit and while one stares at the flame one could also focus on the words and meditate. I said someone not me. Not much meditation is happening in this brain these days my friends……..

I didn’t post a side profile but it resembles a sail at full mast that was made from a leaf. Not sure if that made any sense but you get the idea.

   

The carving below I used a quote from Kahlil Gibran: ” And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”

I carved it from a big chunk of douglas fir and was able to incorporate this awesome flickering candle light. By using steel wool to buff and lighten and a torch to flame,age and shade I “think” I was able to pull off the feeling I hoped to achieve. One that beckons you, comforts you with its presence.

      

Everything important is found in the details: Notice the top of the carved niche is blackened from the soot coming of the candle from the many “years” of use. I strive to build things that don’t have an identifiable style, one should always have the ability to place their own beliefs on where and what the item means.

Beware of the person who can’t be bothered by details.
William Feather

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