STUDIO 6.11.11 (chopping wood)

Though I am painting and sculpting wood piles, I am finding it necessary to understand the process first hand.  I have spent a few days and plan on many more splitting wood.  It is obviously strenuous but also locates me...  My muscles are adjusting, my hands are gaining strength and I am also finding this act meditative.  I have discovered it is not about simply hitting logs with an ax or wedge but more reading the grain, understanding what a knot is and how it will affect the split.  My goal is not to make interesting images or sculptures from an outsider perspective but to understand how one lives here, what is necessary to do so and use this as the foundation for my work.

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