Fumed White Oak

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The above are eight turned pieces from a single 24″ section of a 24″ diameter white oak from Boaz, Kansas. The tree fell over and across the Van Horn Branch Creek about 10 years ago- We finally pulled the log out 2 years ago, and it has laid in my log pile since then, although I did mill a portion of it. The heart wood is still green, so these bowls were turned green and allowed to warp as they dried. Ultimately all the pieces were exposed to ammonia vapors (fumed) which reacted to the tannins in the wood, darkening the surfaces.

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“Rootrill” I hope that you will forgive me for posting an eleven minute song in the twenty first century.  Mostly, I hope that you enjoy it.

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arc contain glow
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seen through scene
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bois d arc meteorite
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slanting even evening light
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ancient bone star dust
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deere ghost sheep goat add straw and mix well
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cross turn
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years unfurl in the eternal present
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young hands dextrous
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core sample of stored solar energy
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made vacant for gold
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quince roots herbs leg
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reamed tapered tapped turned twisted sunk fitted formed around
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concentrate earth line essence
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absorb the sun and use it for life
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pull transfer motion
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dividing even unto cambium and xylem
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layers and layers
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learn purpose practicing discipline
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stop motion
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frozen movement osage root as it once reached
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three forms of light
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hand in hand you who once swayed
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ancient releasing story
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the turning of light upon the solar bank countless voices scratch and turn
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golden hands once full wait for wisdom
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new moon forest window
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tall down cut stack turn stack down
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erth-maker here we bend here we grow
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establish converge into order dust scratcher
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welcome the new bird and fare thee well