365 days of peace: a swift and flawed peace

KIMG0556Number 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

365 days of peace: a resilient peace

KIMG0541It’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.

365 days of peace: a wise & weathered peace

KIMG053827 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.

365 days of peace: an explosive peace

day13It’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.