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150 Woodwork from other places 16, China. Get to the root of it.

At first glance there is not much here, but certainly a lot of years. This stool is reported to be more than one hundred years old. 18l x 8w x 12h. Simple, rough, undecorated. Yet not without its charm. Certainly a solid seat. Rather low for most western tastes. But typical for many Asian cultures.

I still have to think about all the hand labor involved, locating, digging out, cutting off, shaping. Not your typical box store, big manufacture object. And it sits pretty well, too. Maybe some day this bucket list project will get created in my shop.


“Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.” Prov 20:15.


147. Woodwork from other places 15, China. Pulleys.

Clever. Creative. Cute? Perhaps the flower is. When was the last time you saw a pulley decorated with flowers. And, did you see it, the center of the flower is the wooden pin which holds the carved pulley wheel in place. Not sure we would see many flowers painted on work pulleys these days. What’s your best guess as to how long this piece took to complete? Shalom.

“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” Prov 22:3

143 Woodwork from other places 14, China. Sit on it!

Not much to say here other than I love the aged grain of this stool. Its owner guessed it was at least 100 years old. I have used it as a foot stool. Do you like the feel of wood? The surface on this one is worn smooth, even satiny in places. Pictures 2,4, and 6 show just a little of why the piece attracts. Hope you have beautiful pieces of creation created into beautiful objects around you too.


“When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.” Prov 20:15.

140. Woodwork from other places 13, China. A spool by any other shape?

Review woodwork from other places in posts 115, 128, 131, 137. Here, too, we have hand carved objects given beauty as well as function. These three objects are thread spools. All are between 6 and 8 inches long. Each has its own unique beauty.

The first, and simplest one, is pierced in a ladder effect. But even that effect is embellished by making the piercings more complex as one goes from the outside to the inside, central one.

The right hand piece, shaped like a seed pod or a plant looks the simplest. However, as you see in the second picture, it has a hidden needle compartment which can be pushed out either direction.

The three spool is the most colorful and complex. The painting emphasizes the tassel effect of the carving. What makes this one special is the “ball in a cage” carving at the center. You can this best in the second picture.

All in all, functional and aesthetically pleasing everyday objects. Where do you see this best in your everyday world? Certainly not in thread spools. Mass production has driven out much of the personal creativity in such objects.


“Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.” Prov 25:12

139 Woodwork from other places 12, China. Im”press” me.

A few more Chinese press molds. (See Post 128) These would be used to make moon cakes. The cakes are served most often at the mid-autumn festival, a lunar holiday. It is one of the four most important holidays in China.

The top molds imprint the words for happiness and a wish for more money. I like the two-part mold which must make disassembly much easier for the baker.

The fish is also a cake mold. It means “more and more happiness, more health and more money.” This information from a Chinese friend.

While we are far from the next mid-autumn festival, it is never too late or too early to wish you well. May you find the eternal source of happiness and well-being. Shalom.

108 Year of the Rooster

Okay, so 2018 is Year of the Dog. But all good intentions meant there should have been a rooster carving last year. It was completed, in fact, several were done. None were posted here. So, belated happy Year of the Rooster.

Remembering the theme of using whatever we can save or salvage, this rooster was made from a scrap of cutoff for a larger project. That required some adjustments to the feet and tail.

Things to note: The bird is not finished in super fine detail. Feathers are suggested. Feet are “buried” in grass. The wattle is a blob of red. The beak is a blocky point with a slash of paint to show an opening. Colors are bold and simple.

And yet, it is a rooster. Xīn nián kuài lè!

100 Carvings ideas: China

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The pieces shown here are not done in wood.  They are all clay.  Home to them is a beautiful new museum in Tianjin, China.  So what are these photos doing in a wood blog?  Ideas, ideas, ideas.  I love looking at how artists take the real world and make it in….you name it…clay, glass, plastic, fruit, yarn, paint, pencil, steel, junk, wire, string, paper, cloth.  The variety is amazing, the talent, the creativity, stunning.   The main character here has so many great details.  Notice the tilt of his hat and the curl of the bill.  No American teen could do it better.  The shoes, both the one being repaired and his own, also have neat detail – thick soles, the kink of the leather, the stitching on his own, no laces.  A wood carver could learn much from the angles of the limbs, head, and body.  The fine details in the clothing – marks to indicate shadow or create shadow.  And, we haven’t even begun to look at the two characters in the background.  Enjoy.  Would you share what details you find interesting in the others?


A gentle answer turns away wrath,but a harsh word stirs up anger.  Proverbs 15:1