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May 2, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

The art of transformation

Sculpture carved from oak tree. Fireman and pup. (screenshot image/League City YouTube)

Life support comes from unexpected places – even to old oak trees. Fireman rescuing pup sculpture carved from heritage oak tree/screenshot image/League City YouTube)

Wouldn’t be nice if it wood, but dropped its’ crown and, while rooted in regional dominance for over 100 years, it’s gone – but gone on to at least as good function in the neighborhood. Certainly not useless.

Finally found the video of the masterful carving of a heritage tree.

Man carving sculpture of pup from oak tree (screenshot/League City YouTube)

Close up of Scout being carved. Do you thinker’s possible that the real Scout actually watered this 100 year old oak tree when it was a sapling? You know how dogs are. They are quick to welcome new things to the neighborhood.(screenshot/League City YouTube)

Can’t top this

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Man showing model of planned carving. (screenshot/League Coty YouTube)

I think he knows a little bit about what works. Here’s the artist with his model of the fireman sculpture. An uninteresting guy – who wants to make people smile with his work. Mission accomplished! (screenshot/League City YouTube)

Oh, you’ll get a real post here before long…it’s not that there’s nothing to say.

It’s just that writing topics are very much like a room school of preschoolers each whom have always been the center of attention and think it should be that way here: “Me first!”
Such confident demanding little voices. Well, best to let them all run in the field for a while and some will get tired and take a nap, while others find they can place nice with others and sort themselves into a workable group…then there’s the real loner – a creative one – that has legs and patience – or enough creativity to sing it’s own song whether anyone hears or not. Eventually they will all get their chance to be lines on stage.

Meanwhile here treed this little drama that neatly ties up the loose ends before branching out into other thoughts.

“The Moving Finger writes; and having writ (even without wit),

Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit (Have you noticed that “thy” is hated by spellcheck? Must be some modern pronoun prejudice I’m clueless of.)

Shall lure it back to cancel half a line (“Shall” not “will”. Notes determination strength to perform the stated action. Some say that the unhappy Twitter employees are mostly tech oriented brains – many with English as a second language – who, by nature/nuture do not recognize all the nuances of words – and there are many – subtle nuances which misleads them for meaning or makes them nervous….if you have brainy engineers/techies in the family, that may actually sound plausible….if not possible. Chill, little birds. It’s gonna be all right. If you love something, set it free. Half life is no life.)

Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.(Can’t unring the bell. But if a tree falls in the forests, and there’s no one to hear, is there a sound? Hmm, some silent screams are the longest and loudest.)

Omar Khayyám (mostly)  

Bad fierce bunny bully. 1906, Beatrix Potter. (USPD. artist life, pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Dumb bunny behavior: Deceit and disinformation flourish when forbidden and hidden in the dark. (Bad, fierce bunny bully.1906, Beatrix Potter/USPD. artist life, pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

 

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  1. SusanR / May 2 2022 12:40 pm

    I love wood carvings and, by extension, the talented folks who can turn sad stumps into beautiful art. (Take a bow, James Phillips.)
    It never occurred to me that many of the folks who create spell and grammar checkers might be ESLs. That explains a lot.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 2 2022 3:44 pm

      Amazing what a chainsaw can do ( other than participate in horror movies).
      Language here is so complicated – including the fact that so many foreign language words are so integral due to early regional diversity. Then there’s all the idioms, shortened words (of lengthy meanings, like “Stros” for “Astros”, “Bros” for “brothers”)…not to mention there abbreviations everyone assumes everyone deciphers: ESL (English as Second Language), ELL (English Language Learners), TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of other languages), TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language), CELTA (Certified English Language Teaching to Adults)
      I am always impressed by multilingual individuals….bilingualism local? Eh, few totally fluent in both – able to conduct business in a specific field/business specific vocabulary in both. Luckily there’s always emojis!
      Thanks for stacking in a comment here

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  2. pensitivity101 / May 2 2022 1:36 pm

    Beautiful carvings!

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  3. Helen Devries / May 2 2022 4:38 pm

    Bishop Berkeley would hold that the said tree could not exist, not being perceived.

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  4. sustainabilitea / May 2 2022 5:37 pm

    I really like those carvings. They remind me of ice sculptures in that they’re in an somewhat unexpected medium. Of course ice sculptures are cooler…in temperature. 🙂

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  5. shoreacres / May 2 2022 5:52 pm

    As gorgeous as those carvings are, I was completely taken by the last bunny illustration. It reminded me of some of the bullying behavior I see around here; my squirrels don’t cotton to interlopers!

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  6. Kate Crimmins / May 3 2022 6:06 am

    Beautiful work! If you have to kill a tree, that’s a good way to give a spotlight.

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  7. Curt Mekemson / May 3 2022 6:29 pm

    There is a town up in British Colombia who’s name I don’t remember that hosts an annual International; wood carving contest. I’ve passed through a couple of times. Incredible art!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 5 2022 5:44 pm

      You find the most interesting stuff. Hope you two are doing well. (Sorry about the slow responses – a but of juggling going on here – will catch up soon.Meanwhile Have fun!)

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      • Curt Mekemson / May 10 2022 5:07 pm

        Thanks, Karen. We are doing great. Hard not to be when you are ‘footloose and fancy free.’ Don’t worry about slow responses. It goes with the territory in the world of blogging. –Curt

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  8. Robin / May 5 2022 4:31 am

    It always amazes me to see someone take wood and carve it into art. (The same for stone or clay or ice.) It’s a good way to give an old tree new life.

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