My journey as a craftsman has opened many doors and opportunities to me in the last year. From art and craft shows to custom wall art to live edge furniture, this passion of mine has led me to another great opportunity to showcase my work and abilities to a much wider audience in 2018. Please join me at the Myrtle beach convention center January 30th through February 1st for one of the East coast largest and most coveted venues for craftsmen to showcase their work. It’s going to be a great year!
God being the master designer of all things made trees in particular very unique. On the outside they look like they’re reaching straight for the sky above. Branches coming out everywhere as if they were competing to see which branch gets the most sunlight . There seems to be no Rhyme or Reason how big or how tall the tree is or what color the leaves are. Not to mention how many different species of tree that there are some bear fruit some don’t.
But in the hands of a skilled Craftsman with the swing of an axe or a stroke of a chainsaw we are able to get a glimpse of the beautiful design inside of every tree looking at the grain as it flows as River water flows Downstream. No two grains are the same each as a fingerprint is as unique as each person.
The next time you look at it natural Live Edge piece of furniture imagine the fingerprint that the Creator put upon it making it its own unique identity and one of a kind fingerprint in this world.
For some reason I can just look at a piece of wood and make something out of it in my head. This sometimes can be a blessing and a curse.
The blessing being that I get to create useable, functional, rustic and sometimes whimsical pieces that are just fun to make out of wood that would otherwise be thrown away or burned.
My curse is that my workspace is overcrowded with a pluthera of reclaimed wood and logs, the days of excitement when I find a red cedar or oak and realize that I have to move a 500 lb log in order to mill it.
As I roll and flip this log I thank God for providing free resources and giving me this artistic outlet which excites and satisfies every time something is created.
Recently I had the privilege of making a reclaimed wood wall for a friend at his gym and found it quite fulfilling and satisfying.
With a vision not my own I was able to convey the sense of what kind of personality and style this person has through this wall.
When I work on a custom piece of art for anyone it gives me a glimpse of who they are. That’s one of the reasons I love to create. It also helps me see another’s perspective of the world around them. Which in turn adds different perspectives for me and my direction that I use for my art.
It’s amazing to see my style change as I incorporate other people’s visions into my work.
The bottom line is being able to put yourself in another’s shoes gives you a different view of the world other than your own which in turn would increase my understanding of everyone’s unique part they play in this life.
In this world of bitterness and strife I cant help but lift my eyes upward and ask why? Then I hear a still small voice tell me “selfishness”. I’m thinking who me? Then I remember a time when I could have smiled at someone and told myself what’s the point. Another time I could have held the door for someone, or made that phone call to a relative I haven’t spoken with in over a year, or visited a dear friend after his wife of 40 years passed away. At this point I realize that the still small voice was actually right. I actually am selfish. As valentines day approaches I am challenged not to look outwardly at other peoples actions but to look inwardly and look at my own. How can I make the world a better place in which to live? It all starts with me and my attitudes and the choices I make every day. Today I choose to smile at that person passing by, today I choose to hold the door for someone, today I choose to make that difficult phone call, today I choose to be a friend to someone in need. Today I choose “LOVE”.