The Eternal Present

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Summer waxing

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into eternal presence

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ancient thunder quivers along the crust

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twinning amongst and toppling titans

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the smallest witnesses quiet as their gaze

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oldest of fault lines wrought with terror for men

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Ragnarok not yet come to cleave a line between

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the fruits of Eden and the curse

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brothers old as Abel and Cain

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approach the day with a steady gate

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mend the tack and the linkage

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the work the day is ready to hand

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unfold unfold great sheets unfold

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the heavens rain diamonds from the mouth of God

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the rye bends, the wheat and barley bend, the corn the teff bend low, below

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rust and blood speak and spin

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the day is new again

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tension speaks in unheard frequencies

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felt, like order drawn from skeins of chaos

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a fragment of destiny

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order from a mystic mind

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elder memories

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ancient fodder, best fodder

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tools for the telling of

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tools for the remembering of

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the days when Noah stored up faith

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quieted his family with peace

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as the rim of the earth spilled over

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rolling stones 

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adjoining man with the presence

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again, Noah enters day

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moored, listening

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breathing presence in

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wrested in grace

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see how the earth remembers differently

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manifest ancient eternal presence

Johnny

“Johnny” is a spoon carved in figured hard maple.
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The Priesthood of the Land

“In some places the mysterious relation man has with sheep has never been forgotten, people have not so far left the land, and still honor the sheep who help them to live on it.  For them there is joy of life in the shearing of the sheep…” Kevin Ford, Shearing Day.

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Weitergehen “Go On”

winter’s lathe work

Red oak bowl with salting and beaver teeth-marks.

Red oak bowl with salting and beaver teeth-marks.

box wood

box wood

Many of these bowls are or will be for sale at our Etsy Store: BaumWerk.

Go On, Bezalel

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“See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills…” Exodus 31: 2 & 3.

Go On, Bezalel3Bezalel is kind of an early renaissance man, thousands of years before Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, or Durer.  More importantly he was faithful to God’s design of him as a craftsman.  He was  found worthy to build the design of God concerning the tabernacle and all of its parts.  As a craftsman and artist, it is hard to comprehend anything so significant to my earthly labors as to manifest on earth something that was authored in the very heart and mind of God.  Go On, Bezalel5

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Elizabeth Duffy asked me about influences and progenitors in her interview with me last year.  Here is an excerpt of my response pertaining to Bezalel:  I hope, maybe, to be in the line of Bezalel, who fashioned so much for the tabernacle, making the sacred things that were part of the “technology” of worship of His God for his community. Personally, I couldn’t ask for more than that. Bezalel is valuable as a paradigm of an artisan of broad experience and skill. He could work in many trades and arts with skill worthy of God’s Tabernacle. My good friend reminds me of the value of a man of that breadth of experience and skill in contrast to a culture that places a premium on experts of high degree in a single field. When I wonder if I am hurting myself by embracing so many disciplines, I am grateful for Bezalel and his place in God’s story, and a few other men I have encountered who are champions of excellence in this way.Go On, Bezalel1 The drawing, an imagining of a portion of Bezalel’s tent-workshop, started two or three years ago, finally over the past two months I was able to finish it.  It is composed along the lines of another drawing, Go On, Adam, Breathe.  An potential series of drawings?  The drawing to me feels so limited, compared to the vastness of what could be explored and depicted, as a task to learn about Bezalel, his labors, and his relationship to his God.

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Through Winter

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through winter06

through winter17

winter thru1

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through winter49

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through winter13

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through winter45

through winter36

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through winter50

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through winter11

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through winter12

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through winter27

through winter08

 

through winter38

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through winter23

 

winter thru4

An Interview With Elizabeth Duffy

detail of Go On, John the Baptist, oil on panel, 2008

detail of Go On, John the Baptist, oil on panel, 2008

Elizabeth Duffy has been posting parts of an interview she began with me last spring and summer.  To date, this interview consistutes the clearest and really, only articulation of the beliefs and values behind my work.  I hope that you will take the time to read it.  The interview will ultimately be posted in it entirety on this site, but for now, here is part 1, part llpart lll, and the final bit part lV.  Please take the time to read some of Elizabeth’s writing as well.  She is authentic, humorous, and insightful.  Her wit and self-effacing style reveal a woman on a significant journey with valuable things to say.

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