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199. Wood work from other places, China. Boxes.

In the ages before plastic, glass, and cheap metals, where did one store food stuffs, how did you measure grains? Wood. Here a box crafted for mundane, everyday purposes. And yet, pre-industrial times gave one a chance to add a personal touch.

I like the craftsmanship and the decorations here. One can only image the process, the labor over long hours as the craftsman search for wood, cut slabs and lengths, seasoned the wood, planned the design, cut out and assembled pieces, and finally painted and decorated the piece.


7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.

“The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.” Prov 15:7


197 To market, to market. Variety needed.

One of the things I like about a hobby is that you can choose what you want to do or make. Creativity is a key word.

Here is another picture of carved pieces which have gone into a sale. House – some painted some not, lighthouses – some painted and some not, and faces make up part of the variety. But within each group these is even greater choice and variety when one considers size, shape, background, coloration, substructure. All must be decided, created. That is part of the reason I love carving.

What draws you to your hobby?


“A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.” Prov 15:5

183 Another kind of wood work. Ahoy there.

Did you know that when telephones first came out the first word to speak when receiving a call was, “Ahoy.” And that, while many of us speak of “jet lag”, the genesis of the term was “boat lag” in pre-flight days. All that to show you another way to do wood work.

This ocean liner was stand built one of my brothers. He has made several. I have memories of all the little bits of wood, knives, glue, and other materials spread over table tops. The bottom picture is of a ship, not boat, which he may be restoring. Wood work, creativity, patience, color and form, all part of a great hobby. What are you making out of wood.


“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Prov 14:30

166. Woodwork from other places 19, China. Qîngzuò. Please sit down.

I know, it isn’t really wood carving. But, there is wood work done. This stool is more than 150 years old. It captures my attention for several reasons. First is the hand labor involved. Rounding the seat must have taken some time. Shaping the legs as well. Did you notice the slight curve to them. A nice detail. And then there is the work done to slot the legs into the seat, terrific.

A second reason to like this piece is the recycling done. The owner believes the seat was a wheel of some kind, hence the square hole in the top. The seat reminds me of ancient Chinese coins with their square or round holes so they could be threaded and carried on a string.

A third reason to like this stool is the character of the wood. Holes, unfinished edges, color, cracks, and growth rings make this an eye-pleasing object. What do you think?


“Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.” Prov 11:17

149 Woodworking Safety. Toxic Wood.

If you are, have been, or plan to be a wood carver or wood worker, below is a site worth a little of your time. All sawdust is not just sawdust.

We have learned to protect our eyes (you do wear googles, right?) and our hands, (you do wear carving gloves or some finger covering, no?). But what about your lungs? Learn about wood, its properties, its dangers. Take care. Or as they say in China, man zou.


“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.” Prov 23:4

137. Woodwork from other places 11, China. Let it snow, let it snow.

Remember the extra picture in Post 131? Did you guess correctly? It is a Chinese snow sled. I love the joints and the obvious wear and tear. However, I am not sure about its stability. Seems to be made only for a smaller child. And I am also wondering where the rope is. Would grandpa have to carry it?

Hope you have some good memories of play in the snow. Shalom.

106 Rustic church on a Hill

How does you critique or evaluate a carving, especially your own? One thing to try is to ask questions. Another is to make observations. So, here is one of my pieces. First question, do the textures seen in this view work together?

A second question, do the colors compete or support each other?

One could also ask, is the flow or movement in the piece?

An observation is that the church seems to fit the piece of wood, neither too large or too small for it. If the rule is thirds, then the church is about one third, stairs one third, and rocks one third.

Another observation is to note the repeat of color, red steps and red in the windows, brown cross and trim, around the windows, and in wood work. Perhaps there could have been some yellow lower down or in and open window to tie in the roof.

For some reason the cross titled to the side seems to work. It adds some movement to the entire piece. What do you think?

I know it has been a while since posting, but as you can see, carving continues. Hope yours has too.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Ps 23