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
One of the joys of wood carving is working with found wood. I will say much more on the subject in a later post but I wanted to introduce the topic here. “Found wood” is material for carving which you the carver go out and find. The carving presented here is such a piece. This snowman was carved from a white pine branch which was picked up after a severe Michigan wind storm. The branch was cut to four foot length and
stored in my garage for several years. After curing/drying it
became useful for carving.
A part of the pleasure in carving found wood is the satisfaction which comes from making something beautiful out of a piece of wood many would
burn or just throw into the trash heap. This snowman, with its remaining bark, reminds the viewer of its origin in the forest. And that reminder makes using “found wood” all the more enjoyable.
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Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.