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.
Sometimes the pursuit of peace seems like tilting at windmills. Today’s Peace is made from two pieces from the scrap pile. The blades of the windmill were cut from a piece of pine shiplap painted green. The base is a piece of mystery wood also painted green. The peace is painted on the blades with white poster paint. 17 days of peace down 348 to go.
It’s Friday the Thirteenth, which means I am on the verge of marking two weeks of peace. 13 days. a bakers dozen of peace. Today’s Peace is made from some rough cut pine used as paneling in a small shed. I drew the circle and fuse with a ball point pen and cut it on the scroll saw. I painted the peace bomb, fuse, and explosion with poster paint.