One of the reasons I love to carve is that I get to carve wood. Wood comes from trees. And trees, well, trees are something special in the creation around us.
Think of all the stories you know, written, filmed, put into poetry, even sung about. Look around you at all the things made from trees. Remember all the youthful activities done in and around trees. Recall all the beautiful objects made from trees. No wonder they are special.
Below is someone else’s collection of beautiful pictures of trees and a sample of those pictures. Worth taking a look.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Prov 15:1
Did you notice the black hole? Not sure what it was intended purpose was. It added another level of decision making. Cut it off? Wastes wood. Carve it out? Wastes effort. Cut into it? Lose its mechanical roundness. Leave it? Let the viewer decide how it fits in. You see what was decided. What do you think?
Compare to pieces in Posts 145, 152, 156. I like the deeper, wider piercing under the cabin. Along with the black circle, it adds another layer of interest, inviting the viewer’s eye to travel around and through the piece.
One other feature to point out is the shape of this cabin. Several features give more motion to the piece, rather than a static, boring blah-ness to it. Waves in the roof give a sense of motion. The shape of the walls also. Note how the bottom of the house cuts in, the walls seem to bulge out and finally tuck back in under the eaves. A much more interesting shape then straight lines.
What else draws your attention?
“The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.” Prov 10:8
I still love the idea of reusing objects, materials, ideas. As a professional teacher there is great satisfaction in developing a teaching point or idea and then finding as many contexts as possible where it can be used. I like the same for objects, whether it’s old tires to retread sandals or old boots to use a flower pots.
Wood isn’t any different. The pictures below are of another rustic carving recycled from an IKEA bed frame. (See Post 145 for the first one) It could be an old school house, an old church, or cabin. I like the movement in the piece, with the leaning top and uneven walls.
What do you think, paint or no paint? Post 145 got paint, this one no paint. It was sprayed with several coats of clear, gloss varnish.
To answer before listening—that is folly and shame. Prov 18:13.
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.