Picked up Pieces

The grain always changes direction around a knot, and other deep thoughts…

Inspiration greets this man everyday in his workshop:

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Bansky was here.

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Anyone who’s ever peeled a potato is a carver. But some just take it to another level:

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If you can say, that was my father’s saw, generally you can consider yourself lucky.

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The Christmas Tree Shop, at the gateway to Cape Cod, boasts the largest thatched roof in the USA. I think about that when I’m inside buying cheap sponges and cookies in metal tins from Denmark-

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This English oak was already 100 years old when the Normans came to dinner:

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Job-site planing is basically hatcheting. Get that shit done, son.

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Hey Follansbee, we found this perfect half-ball at the job-site in Norwell:

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You bring the broomstick I’ll bring the Fanta Grape-

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See that house? The new one with the plastic shingles, vinyl windows, and a witches brew of whatnot imposing itself on that little pond?

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Roughly 225 carving knifes, 148 bowls in various shapes, a few stock knives and a football stadium full of hand-wrought spoons, all drove past it on the way to Greenwood Fest 2016.

It’s all about the juxtaposition.

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I’ve made a promise to myself that I won’t say WICKED PISSAH again until they re-animate Teddy Ballgame’s frozen head-

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Ted Williams aka The Splendid Splinter

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Just came back from our tax dude…he made a snide comment about students majoring in Underwater Basket Weaving and I was like, what’s so wrong with that?

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Scott Landis of The Workbench Book fame, is a driving force behind GreenWood, a visionary enterprise making the world a better place by saving forests, aiding local economies, and producing beautiful work: http://www.greenwoodglobal.org/

Take a minute to check them out–

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GreenWood chairs made by locals in Central America.

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When the applewood ladle I clumsily made in the late 80’s finally fails, I want it to go in the line of duty, stirring a big pot of Nana’s favorite spaghetti sauce.

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Before Prozac, men with large mustaches and hand tools would chamfer all the sharp corners in the world.

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Have you seen this? JoJo is on the cutting edge of making traditional craft relevant again:

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This guy Justin writes a really nice blog

Here’s his fresh take on Follansbee’s 17th-century furnishings in their natural habitat:

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The Great Pyramid of Giza is out of square and we’re all looking at you, ancient aliens.

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Capable is the new sexy.

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We had an amazing visit with Plymouth wonders David B. and Elizabeth C. last month and there’ll be more about that later.

Meanwhile the sophomore in me couldn’t resist taking a picture from one of David’s many esoteric books:

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The wet/dry shop vac is the most ambiguous of the tools.

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Melancholic carpenters are drawn towards the coping saw.

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Sincere question from a novice carver: How do you know when your carving is done?

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Gonna go out on a limb here and say that Jögge Sundqvist’s work is among the most colorful, naturally-inspired craft going on in the world right now–

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He is a born teacher as well as a ROCK GOD

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That’s not music–it’s a rhythmic working pattern.

-MLB

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Why wait?

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Well that about covers it.
-tarp salesman

 

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6 thoughts on “Picked up Pieces

  1. francedozois says:

    another good one, Rick–

  2. hiscarpentry says:

    DUDE! I love the random beauteousness of your lyrics. All you need is a banjo!

    Where’s PRET!!!

  3. schmidtwj says:

    Thanks for more side-splitting humor from the hewing philosopher. It’s been 9 weeks since Greenwood Fest and I’m still finding shavings in my sock drawer.

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