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Top ten countdown to foolishness: One Tree Woodwork

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The back of my One Tree Woodwork t-shirt a worthy credo to try to live up to. In honor of this credo I will pick the top ten projects One Tree has completed in the past that has shown my devotion to chasing foolish ideas and post them here starting tonight. Stay tuned.

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One tree count down- to foolish ideas #10- originally I was attempting to build a tobacco pipe which I did successfully only to have my beloved children knock it down while playing shortly after the finish was applied and broke the antler stem that created the mouth piece. After the crying ended (mine) I sucked it up switched horses and created a sconce which by all accounts was better then the original idea. Named appropriately the “Sherlock night light”. Elementary my dear Watson.

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Countdown for foolish ideas pursued by Onetreewood work.com continues #9 – my first hand carving brought on by a sort of dream like vision. Wrote a crazy short story to go with it. A hand to light your way out of the darkness. The foolishness will continue. Stay tuned as we march closer to #1.

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#8 in onetreewoodwork following foolish pursuits in the world of wood. What makes a guy inlay a river rock in the middle of gorgeous spalted sycamore dining table without a plan or prior thought of the potential ramifications of inlaying a huge river rock in the middle of the table. This guy that’s who. Only thought running through my brain was well this is going to look cool….
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Moving right along in the countdown to foolishness at Onetreewoodwork.com #7 here’s to building furniture that makes you smile and building stuff just for the f…k of it.# builders got to build

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6 – As we gain altitude on Onetree airlines or descend depending on your point of view. Attempting to make furniture that’s closer to looking like a tree then a table. Sometimes you have to let form override function.

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As we cruise on into #5 in Onetreewoodwork countdown of building foolish things for no other reason then to see if you can. Designing furniture with enough visual movement it looks like it may be just be able to walk away. If that’s not fun then I don’t know what is.

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Coming in at #4 in the Onetree countdown celebrating the absurd. A lamp/art installment I built for my sisters house. Something about hands and reaching/holding or casting shadows with light haunted me for months causing me to inexplicably carve 4 such carvings. If this doesn’t begin to paint a picture of a guy who isn’t afraid to follow a foolish idea then I don’t know what is.

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Truckin right along we slide into the #3 spot in the following foolish idea’s onetree countdown. Birds have always held a powerful place in my own personal history. When I carved this particular bird one of three birds I was going through my own personal spiritual migration. Yes there is hands and birds among other carvings coming out of every wall in my home. Foolishness damn straight.

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#2 in Onetreewoodwork following foolish ideas to the ends of the earth. My chainsaw homage to “Starry Night”. The chainsaws aggressiveness and the texture of wood combined with the color changes in the western cedar provides a ridiculous juxtaposition that’s fundamental at Onetree.#onetreewoodworks.wordpress.com#foolishness is good for the heart

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#1 on the Onetreewoodwork following foolish ideas no matter the outcome. That’s right I built a modified stitch and glue pocket sailboat. That filled the entire shop. Doesn’t sound that foolish? Built by a dude in Texas that never set foot on a sailboat,didn’t live very close to the water and mostly built it to see if he could. Due to unforeseen problems (selling and moving from my home and shop) I was unable to finish it and had to get rid of it. Heartbroken for a little while but things come and things go. As it was quoted on the back of the Whole Earth catalog “stay hungry. stay foolish”

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6 comments on “Top ten countdown to foolishness: One Tree Woodwork

  1. marksheridan
    November 24, 2014

    I like that post. That boat makes me think of a number of projects that I have in the basement that’ll never get finished but that I just can’t part with.

    • TOHNER JACKSON
      December 20, 2014

      Thanks Mark,
      Yea, that boat ………. I still have the hatch door to the cabin……I’ll use it someday………on something………really…..I will……..maybe tomorrow…

  2. Cro Magnon
    December 19, 2014

    Starry Night is a winner! I wonder if whoever you sold the boat to has finished it?

    • TOHNER JACKSON
      December 20, 2014

      Thanks Cro! I’m not sure if anybody ever finishes a boat it’s a perpetual project that takes both your time and money but that’s typical of any romance I suppose.

  3. projectbuddy
    February 11, 2015

    Really enjoyed this post! Great advice about being creative and living life!

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My cabin cubicle in the woods. New office cubicle I made this weekend in what was a small walk in closet. I gutted the closet,took out some wall and raised the header. I scored some sweet 1x12 aromatic cedar from dad Friday so the idea was born and executed post haste.Sitting at my desk surrounded by the smell of cedar I feel at home. The map on the right is for plotting world domination.....or just day dreaming about future travel. #aromaticcedar#cabin#cabinoffice#officeinthewoods#interiordesign #woodworker#carpenter#homebuilder
Okra flower in morning sun. This time of the year in our part of Texas it’s hard to grow a garden in full sun. Okra loves the heat originating in southern Ethiopia it can handle the very hot Texas sun. Okra aids in digestion Okra is high in vitamin C that can boost immune system strength Okra can help strengthen vision and protect against cataracts Okra improves skin health and can be applied directly after boiling and mashing Okra is a great source of fiber #okra#okraflower#victorygarden#growyourown#foodismedicine #foodislife #getoutside#lifeisagardendigit
Oh Snap in a matter of a day Artisan Builders went coast to coast. It’s like a tidal wave of swag. I don’t think I’ve heard of a feat like this since the Wright brothers took their famous flight in 1903....sorry I got a little carried away. Cheers IG and TGIF my many,many IG friends. #Repost @the_drawer_dude with @get_repost ・・・ #MAILCALL. Received a really nice surprise from one of my oldest IG friends Tohner @tohnerjackson. What a cool hat from an even cooler craftsman and family man. He and his father build AMAZING homes in Texas. Check out @artisanbuilt to see for yourself. Thank you my friend, I will wear it with pride. I hope our paths cross one day and I can buy you a beer or two. Cheers my brother. 🍻
Artisan Builders spotted in the Northwest who knows where it will go from here?....... #Repost @deancreates1 with @get_repost ・・・ I hate selfies, but when a fellow melon head sends me a badass lid from Texas, I’ll give it my best shot- wanky eyes and grizzled scruff and all. I have IG friends and then I have “really” good IG friends like @tohnerjackson who builds magnificent homes in Texas and quotes Thoreau and carves unicorns for his daughter in his spare time. Check your mail, Monday, my friend 👍❤️ #igfriends #artisanbuilders #texasfriends #hatsofinstagram #melonheads
Rowan found a Passion flower down by the creek this evening. He was proud and I was impressed. It was Henry David Thoreau that said “ It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. “ I agree. #dadlife#passionflower#rowan#learning#henrydavidthoreau #getoutside
Time to make another svord friction folder mod. #svord#svordmod#knifenut#frictionfolder#onetreewoodworks#onetree#maple burl#mesquite#leatherwork
@artisanbuilt Build with intention. Always. “With a father who is a fabulous craftsman, I was raised with the fundamental belief that it is only when you personally work with a material with your hands, that you come to understand its true nature, its characteristics, its attributes, and I think - very importantly - its potential. “Jonathan Ive #artisanbuilt#artisanbuilders#customhomes#builditandtheywillcome #homeiswheretheheartis #stone#aromaticcedar#customhomebuilder#secondgeneration#
I spent some of my July 4 finishing up a little project for Molly. In a couple of days she will be turning 8 and let’s just say she is into unicorns at the moment. She still believes in myth and magic just like her old man. Just don’t let the sweet loving free spirited nature fool you.... mess with her family and she will pull your cord...just like her old man. I haven’t grinder carved in a while but really enjoyed revisiting an old love of mine. No drawing or model to follow just grind away what doesn’t look like a unicorn. The head is western cedar, the horn is a spalted live oak limb and the eyes some glitter magic. Gray washed with stain and torched for contrast. This will hang somewhere on her wall maybe by her closet as if it’s moving through the wall. I hope she likes it. I hope it makes her smile. I hope when she leaves the unicorn phase she lets me strap it to to bow of my canoe. The first picture and video shows off the carving fairly well. The second video........let’s just say was just for fun don’t be so serious. The unicorn is a legendary creature that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a single large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead. The unicorn was depicted in ancient seals of the Indus Valley Civilization and was mentioned by the ancient Greeks in accounts of natural history by various writers, including Ctesias, Strabo, Pliny the Younger, and Aelian. The Bible also describes an animal, the re'em, which some versions translate as unicorn. #unicorn#unicorncarving#woodcarver#woodart#onetreewoodwork#molly#imbackbaby#godfather#dontevergoagainstthefamily #magic#family#dadlife
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