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
Another post so soon?
Someone has made a request to see pictures of a gift I received. So here it is, a little early for my next post, but once you see this box you will agree it is worth enjoying.
The walnut for this box was harvested from land in Munster, Indiana. My brother Rick cured the wood, had it planked and dried it. Then he put this fine box together. Check out more of his boxes and other work at http://quincycornersworkshop.com/ You should see his canoe and kayak paddles!
It will be a grand way to carry around my tools. Ought to look better than the reused Clementine boxes I am presently lugging around.
I like working with my hands, as you might have noticed. I also enjoy creativity. This does not have to be my own work, the creativity of others is attractive. I know many very creative people who do wonderful work. Their work is in wood, fiber, with pen or a computer. Here are four sites you might check out sometime. If you have others, please let me know and I will post them as well.
The first artist is Aaron Viles. His turned bowls and pens are elegant.
The second “artist” is Mel Jongsma. She did not do the drawings, she writes and the drawings go along with her stories.
The third artist is Jane Compeau. Jane displays a lot of interesting fabric, fiber work in addition to her own.
The forth artist is Rick Klompmaker, my older brother, who makes some truly eye catching boxes and canoe paddles. Only the boxes are sampled here.
I hope you will find the time to check out the work which I am only able to sample here.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23