Wood is so fascinating. And what one is able to do with it is equally so. The pictures are of a box my brother Rick made. The back story is fun, the box is outstanding.
Yew box by Rick Klompmaker
I love to collect wood as well as carve it. It drives my family crazy, but I am always on the look out for an interesting chunk of wood. Our car just stops at random places along the road – farm fields, construction sites, garbage piles, curb trash, and others.
Several years back I was driving to work when I noticed that a good friend of mine had cut down a large decorative “shrub.” The yew had been allowed to grow to twenty five or thirty feet high with a base of nearly 24 inches. The branches and stem were piled on the curb. I was late for school, but could not pass by without checking out the quality of the wood being trashed. I could not get the entire tree into the car, and my family thanks me. I was, however, able to save two five foot sections. These sat in my garage for at least two years.
Original basket weave design
Last summer, while cleaning out the garage, I made a commitment to getting the logs to my brother. He accepted the wood and promised to make something from it. You see in the pictures here in the outstanding piece he produced.
Owned by Mr./Mrs. R Smits
This box now resides in the home of Mr. and Mrs. R Smits, my good friends. They were the ones who redecorated their yard, necessitating the yew be removed. Only fitting that they should enjoy one small piece of the tree which they raised for so many years.
If you have a picture of a box or recycled wood piece, please share. If you have any questions about other pieces Rick Klompmaker has produced, let me know.
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law (Bible).” Psalm 119:18
There. Can you see it? A new post. Now, just because there hasn’t been any for a good long time, it does not mean that we haven’t been enjoying wood carving, wood carving friends, carving sites, reading about wood, handling wood and more.
The image above comes from one of the more recent sites explored. Phil Warren had created an entire navy, out of matchsticks! What comes to mind are words like: amazing, patience, care, skill, detail, enjoyment, gift. Way to go Phil. Find the link below.
Hope you are finding enjoyment in the fellowship of carvers or in the beauty of wood, new, recycled or refurbished. We are still teaching classes. Every first and third Monday we have an open class. Give us a hollar some time. Sit with us.
“Four things on earth are small yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength yet they store up their food in the summer;
hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;
a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.” Proverbs 30: 24-28