Wood Fire

Lift Earth Rise , compositional sketch on guitar

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small eyes wonder
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A five year old little girl with a pension for the aesthetics of random objects
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while carving walnut to look like earth
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of the golden dust of osage
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he discovers eggs make lovely lanterns
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walk out to find these things from my Goldsworthy protégée
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the horse rolls out, making its provision and fuel
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Quercus rubra holds Quercus alba for a shave
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showing how much learning is found when a draw knife pulls through the grain
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and much beauty in the life of trees
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yielding four legs from the rugged giant of civilization (that is Mr. Q. Alba)
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back to the door. routing tongues and tenons, applying coiled energy to transferred pattern
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every fit feels like a miracle
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and the two become one
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“Onforan” becoming a door, framing a passage
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embers stirring embers
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into the incense of fearless youth
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a seed within a seed, life and healing travel in a mysterious shell
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later, the arrangement has changed, she’s at it again
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meanwhile, nature imitates nature
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round violently became flat, then eases its way into concavity
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green tips taken by the hoof-shod
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the edges wound-up by the steel-shod
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summits of pollen-yellow splendor arise from the dust
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in a moment, history and beauty merge and glow
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while the broad axe composes its song
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as it was written in fire
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as it was written in wood

8 thoughts on “Wood Fire

  1. A wonderful sequence of images. I particularly like “”Onforan” becoming a door, framing a passage” with its “natural edge” joinery–a great idea. I’m curious; how do you clean up the natural edge of the inside, exposed edges of the rails and stiles? Card scrapers?

    I’m a retired engineering faculty member who is trying to feed the artsy side of my life with woodworking (furniture, bowls, carving), photography, and writing family history. My parents were born and raised near Moundridge; I have deep Kansas roots. Your art is inspiring on many levels. Thank you.


    1. Thank you very much, Don. I always enjoy hearing from you. It is especially nice to know that you have Kansas Roots. I am grateful that what I do would be inspiring to one such as yourself. As far as cleaning up those natural edges, it involves a lot of patience. Mostly I use a combination of tools: a drawknife, carving knife and a few chisels and gouges, followed by a worn out random orbit sander, and then hand sanding. May your own endeavors be fruitful to their purpose.

  2. Jack, this is one of my favorite posts! (Though I probably feel that way every time.) The marriage of that music and the imagery. I love seeing your children at play. That’s so cool! When I was overseas and you’d post a new song, at times I would just listen and drift out of where I was at. Is that a new sprout spoon out of walnut?

    1. Thanks Mikey, It is good to know that the music gave you a place to drift when you where in Thailand. The spoon is got some characteristics of sprout. It is more of a curved ladle: a commission from Etsy.

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