Daily sketch: "Felling the Great Oak". Based on the secon Rune of Kalevala:
Scarcely had he finished speaking,
Scarcely had he moved his eyelids,
Ere the pigmy full unfolding,
Quick becomes a mighty giant.
With one step he leaves the ocean,
Plants himself, a mighty hero,
On the forest-fields surrounding;
With his head the clouds he pierces,
To his knees his beard extending,
And his locks fall to his ankles;
Far apart appear his eyeballs,
Far apart his feet are stationed.
Farther still his mighty shoulders.
Now begins his axe to sharpen,
Quickly to an edge he whets it,
Using six hard blocks of sandstone,
And of softer whetstones, seven.
Straightway to the oak-tree turning,
Thither stalks the mighty giant,
In his raiment long and roomy,
Flapping in the winds of heaven;
With his second step he totters
On the land of darker color;
With his third stop firmly planted,
Reaches he the oak-tree's branches,
Strikes the trunk with sharpened hatchet,
With one mighty swing he strikes it,
With a second blow he cuts it;
As his blade descends the third time,
From his axe the sparks fly upward,
From the oak-tree fire outshooting;
Ere the axe descends a fourth time,
Yields the oak with hundred branches,
Shaking earth and heaven in falling.
Eastward far the trunk extending,
Far to westward flew the tree-tops,
To the South the leaves were scattered,
To the North its hundred branches.
Whosoe'er a branch has taken,
Has obtained eternal welfare;
Who secures himself a tree-top,
He has gained the master magic;
Who the foliage has gathered,
Has delight that never ceases.
Of the chips some had been scattered,
Scattered also many splinters,
On the blue back of the ocean,
Of the ocean smooth and mirrored,
Rocked there by the winds and waters,
Like a boat upon the billows;
Storm-winds blew them to the Northland,
Some the ocean currents carried.
(The whole poem can be found on wikisource.org/the_kalevala) #kalevala#finland#väinämöinen#epic#fantasyart#art#sketch#dailysketch#sketchbook#pencil#drawing#norse#viking#pagan#heathen#poem#rune#poetry#folk#folklore
Flatness is kind of the white whale of woodworking. I have a couple dozen methods of flattening material, but each has tons of drawbacks and ways to screw up. This is my latest invention for flattening boards too wide and long to do successfully on my jointer. You can see the router sled at the far end. I think it'll do well, which is good because when this becomes a solid oak ping pong table, flatness is important 🏓 #pingpong#finewoodworking#woodwork#woodworking#oak#jig
Look in the hedges and on Oak trees now if you're out walking, and you might come across an Oak apple. I spotted several today on the oaks that bound our allotment. That occur when a gall wasp lays an egg in the leaf bud and it's larva injecting the bud with a chemical.Oak apple day was a public holiday in may 1660 to commerate the restoration of the monarchy and folk wore a sprig of oak or a garland of oak. #woodland#Spring#oak#oakapple
After milling the logs, we ricked up over 900 board feet. During the stacking process, Mike can be seen spraying Timbore on the Lumber. This is to prevent Beatles among other insects from boring into the wood. Timbore is a product made from borax which that has around the same toxicity as table salt.
Two more Steelers bottle openers done! Unfortunately, I won't be able to watch tomorrow's NFL Draft, but I'll be keeping an eye on the outcome. Hoping my team selects a great player that will help them get another ring in 2017! The larger one is yellowheart and ebony. The smaller of the two is oak and walnut. Both turned out awesome!