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
This table is standing in my brother’s front hall. I am always impressed with the quality of his work. This one is deceptively simple. I really like the slender legs and the curved top.
Close up of front curve
The solid oak legs and underside of the table add a richness that is eye appealing. Clean lines and delicate pieces help it to fit the setting well.
Close up of legs and cross pieces
In setting from the stairs
This final pictures lets you see how great the table looks in its setting. It fits the niche well.
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” Proverbs 20:5
Some times a craftsman has to branch out. He leaves his usual work behind or sets it aside to try something different. His roots are still in his original love and craft, but something new beckons. Even is other bark at him, he has to see what will come as a result of the new idea.
The kernel or bud of the idea takes shape in his mind. He plants the idea on paper or in clay. He grows the idea in his mind. He tries all different shades of the idea.
Close up 2
Finally, his efforts bear fruit in a new project, a new technique, a new direction for his work, even though some friends and family might think he’s nuts.
Sometimes the idea turns into something really unique and pleasing, while other times he takes it out the garage to hide it or he sticks it into his car trunk to be disposed of elsewhere.
I really like the feeling of this piece. There are two different woods here, black walnut and butternut. But Rick has used different portions of the tree, heart wood, solid growth and sap wood. He even has some spalted walnut adding color to the piece. Another feature to enjoy in the piece, difficult to see in the photos, is the texture on the different parts of the work – rough cut, sanded, chiseled. The shapes, both positive and negative, give a great look to this work. Nice job, Rick.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
Flower vase by Rick Klompmaker
In post #67 I mentioned that I rediscovered a carving in my sister-in-laws collection. I also discovered the vases in this post. My brother Rick has talent, an artistic flair and access to good tools and good wood. I have enjoyed many of his boxes and his furniture. The boxes I talked about in an earlier post, the furniture I will feature in a new post some day soon. For now, enjoy the work here.
Opening like a tulip petal
Beauty in wood
All three of the boxes are made out of thin planks for white cedar. Cedar is very light weight and allows for the shaping required here. It also has a great grain which adds to the entire pleasing effect.
Tulip-like petal sides
A difficult miter joint to keep true
“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
for the ears of the wise seek it out.” Proverbs 18:15
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.