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.
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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
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.