Not As Planned

by Sydney Michalski

One thing is for sure…When you’re working with wild wood, things do not always go according to plan!

wild cherry bowl…and I do mean wild!

As a tree grows, only the Lord knows all the days of its life. Every tree, in every place, every year, experiences its own unique conditions of wet and dry, sun and shade, crowded or spaced. You never know when a drought, or a storm, or a pest, or high winds, or some other damage will cause a change in the tree’s growth pattern. When trees are grown in farms for lumber, many of these variables can be controlled…When they grow in the forest, and you harvest them, it’s all been under the hand of God alone!

And that is a real beauty of working with riven wood…Though sometimes it takes you in a different direction than originally intended.

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. (Proverbs 16:9, KJV)

Depending upon how and where a break occurs, it can be repaired with hide glue (and often was in past days), and be just as strong as the original. In this case, Joe used the marine epoxy from our wooden sink project to repair the bowl and make it suitable for use with liquids.

In this case, this wild cherry bowl cracked during the process of carving the outer surface. A little too much pressure, a little weak spot in the grain, and it suffered a major break. Now, this is no longer something that we would sell…But it is not a total loss!

Sometimes, an unpredictable break turns a piece of work from one design to another…

Sometimes, an unpredictable break turns a piece of work into a piece into firewood…

And sometimes, an unpredictable break just means that this piece goes from the tree to our home, instead of from the tree to your home!

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. (Psalm 37:23, KJV)

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