I have been working on this piece for a little while. It’s barn board and assorted scrap wood.
Day 50 has come quickly. Today I improvised with pine. I have a rotary tool. The lock collar is busted and the lovely and patient Jessica has been tracking down the part. I also broke hers. Despite or maybe because of my negligence I wanted a rotary tool today. I thought a drill is a kind of rotary tool and here we are. After making the peace channel with an assortment of drill bits, I filled it with yellow sand. There will be shellac at some point. You make peace with the tools you have not the tools you want. Can you adapt? can you keep up with ever changing expectations? Peace is resourceful and persistent. Where is the line, when do you stop making a bad situation work and demand better conditions ? When indeed. 50/315
Number 39 is made from walnut. I was thinking about violence and fear today. Fear is a funny thing. So is bravery. We all have fears. Little things that we brush up against and ignore. Big things that we smash into and ignore. Having too much fear is just as debilitating as not having enough. How often do we lash out in fear? Fear can connect us if we let it and it can tear us apart. Courage is more than conquering fear. It starts with acceptance. It’s being afraid and doing the right thing anyway. 39 down 326 to go.
I broke two peace signs today. First I tried to use a small scrap oak oval. It did not go well. Fragments of oak went flying around the workshop and I had to start over. I decided maybe today isn’t a wood day so I glued some scratched CD’s together & tried to cut a peace sign out with the scroll saw. Disaster. Finally I used some oak flooring and busted out the dull chisels. Peace is a process not an outcome. 37 down 328 to go.
Today marks five weeks of peace. Number 35 is made from a 1 1/2″ piece of pine. It’s just a little off. A change in perspective can turn confrontation into reconciliation. It can lead to understanding and peace. Absence of violence doesn’t necessarily create peace. But peace disavows violence. The source of your suffering can be the source of your strength. Small ripples make waves. 35 down 330 to go.
Number 34 is made from walnut. When I started drawing on it I thought it was poplar. It wasn’t until I was cutting it that I realized it was walnut. Walnut is one of my favorite woods. It’s beautiful and forgiving. I rushed and made erratic and unfocused cuts which makes it unique and special but also deeply flawed. Can peace come too fast? How long is too long? 34/331
One month of peace! It has been so much more challenging and so much more rewarding than I ever could have imagined. And I still have 11 more months to explore and create. Today I carved a series of channels into a 1/2″ piece of maple, sanded it, and set it on fire. Is peace a healthy habit or a rut? 31 down 334 to go.
Day 29. Today’s peace is actually two peace signs. One is maple and the other is walnut. I cut both on the scroll saw. We took a mini road trip this afternoon. Freedom of movement is something that’s easy to take for granted. Circumstance and misfortune can trap you, displace you, make you an enemy at home unwanted abroad. 29 /336
It’s been 4 weeks of peace signs. 28 days. Today I used cedar. Shocking I know. This is more left over 1/4″ toungue and groove closet liner. I drew on to the wood in pen, outlined the ink with a razor blade, and then chiseled out barely 1/32″ of material. I doused it in mineral spirits and set it on fire. (Outside with a fire extinguisher near by) I sanded it a bunch, cut the circle out with the scroll saw. Set it on fire again and painted the outline black. It’s been through a lot. It has knots, gashes, chips and scars. But it survives. Being peaceful sometimes means absorbing violence without reflecting it back. That can do damage. But it can also build strength. 28 down 337 more to go.
27 days of peace signs. Wooden peace signs, metal peace signs, drawings, paper clips ,rubber bands and drums. Still so many to make. Today I started working on the scrap end of a porch post. I chiseled, this time with a sharpened chisel. I chiseled just a little too much and I ended up inadvertently chiseling straight through the wood. I put the chisel down and put aside the porch post. I had a small cedar rectangle left over from the slices from peace at the edge I am not sure how well peace wears? Does it twist until it’s unrecognizable? I think there is peace in wisdom. But is there always wisdom in peace? Another one complete. 338 left to imagine.