Yin Yang

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I think this is my #1 favourite creation that I made during my woodworking days.

I made it so that I could participate in one of the Awards events at the time and I absolutely love it.

It reminds me that we are each a Sacred Possibility and, as such, we can envision the possibilities.

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Jan 28/10

"In the beginning there was nothing… nothing except the possibility; and if there was the possibility for one thing then there is the possibility for all things" ~ Ojibwe story of creation

One day, after the Awards event was announced I was given a vision - a vision of a possibility. I hope I have done it justice.

In this sculpture, the centre, the walnut base, represents the Void, from where all possibilities begin, and in the middle of this is a crystal which represents a Possibility.

The layer of maple wood in this sculpture represents the physical world - all the possibilities that Are. 
Beyond the veil of the physical is the Void, the source of all possibilities.

The edges of the sculpture hold elements of the physical world:

  • shells, representing the water realm
  • pine needles, representing the plant world,
  • pebbles, representing Mother Earth
  • feathers, presenting the bird/animal world

Yin Yang: the physical and spiritual worlds united creating the whole-all that Is and all that can be.

The Project

I blogged the creation of this sculpture. As I stated in the blog the project was all about "the curls" and the process used to open up the layer of maple to show the walnut behind. (yes, it was a curling iron)

Also note: no walnut was painted in the making of this Yin Yang project.

(and a thank-you to Ted & Norah at Roarockit for the donated maple veneer-remember the skateboard that I made so long ago? I've been holding onto the special piece of wood. It had a purpose and it was waiting for the Possibility.)

Inspiration for the sculpture: artwork in a book by Jamie Sams

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And, there you have it: my inspirational possibility, Yin Yang.

(Oh … and it is sitting on box, on a piece of leather for the photos)

Those were the days. 
I think I came in 12th or something for the Awards. That was pretty cool, too. 

Today

Today is the opportunity for more possibilities. How will I make best use of it?
How will you make the best use of it? 

- Debbie 

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16 Comments

Misread the topic but aclimatised to the subject.

Great to see an effort put into the presentation of a project after the blood and knuckles have faded yet the subject is presented to the rabble.

Yeah, I suck, I hate reading but I like effort put into presentation... which I will begrudgingly read... my foible!

Talking Ying/Yang, or as pottzy would say, Duck Gibblets! This is my Ying before I surrender to the YANK(G)s (wish I had strike out Martin).


A tad too many Yings than Yangs but when on a roll, Callifornian is the go. (yeah I'm stupid).

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Cool project, and a nice write up. Woodworking is not only about functionality, but it also appears in the art world as a creation of our imagination. Well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

A tad too many Yings than Yangs but when on a roll, Callifornian is the go. (yeah I'm stupid).

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD 
REVIEW! Don't ignore that link above... may save your marriage... or more beer time!

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Gotta stop staring at that feather.... Which one? Who cares?

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

I remember this one. I loved it then and I love it now.
Inspirational piece!

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Thanks everyone

Thanks shipwright.. 
and thanks for remembering! That’s special 

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Nice one Debbie.

Mike in McMurray

Thanks :) 

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

I enjoy these material "mashups", really can elevate a project from a craft to art.

Excellent work Debbie!
Thank you :) 

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

That’s a well-conceived, well-executed art piece. I was immediately struck by the idea of emergence the minute I saw it. Using a curling iron was a great idea.
Thanks, Ron. 
Emergence. I like that. 

Emergence

Emergency …. Something worth reflecting upon. Thanks for that 

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Thank you. I like that - 
Peaceful

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love it debbie,and the story about it is beautiful.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thank you :) 

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