Friday, October 26, 2007

Natural Driftwood, Natural Beauty

driftwood windchime, glass, copper, artist tim klineA rugged piece of Pacific driftwood (this guy has had a life!) with an impressive set of handcrafted extra large copper wind chimes. The beach stone clapper produces sweet music against these huge chimes. Natural driftwood, natural beauty. For more information, or to buy this, Click here.

Destiny? One of my earliest childhood memories is from a family vacation to a northern lake in Wisconsin. There I found what to me was something extremely beautiful and valuable: a piece of driftwood. I took it back home and treasured it deeply.

When we moved to Vancouver Canada, that piece of wood came with me. I well remember frequently polishing it. How I loved that wood! It was so smooth, the grain was so interesting.

A little later, there was a radio show in Vancouver where people could phone in and offer whatever for sale (obviously way, way before the internet!). People would phone and describe their washing machine or their chair, and others could get in touch to buy the item. Well, I phoned and offered my driftwood for sale ($5.00). It seems to me the guy running the show had quite a chuckle.

But here I am, 40 years later, selling driftwood. Destiny?

3 comments:

  1. Your pieces are really beautiful. I am a big fan of driftwood myself..also a visual artist working in found and reclaimed objects. Best of luck to you.

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  2. Thank you, blage~ I appreciate your taking the time to leave such a nice comment. And I guess you brought me luck~ this one sold fast! Best to you, Tim

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  3. When I kept a full-scale aquarium, I used a couple of hunks of driftwood as the centerpiece. Tanins in the wood gave the water a brownish tint, but that cleared up after a couple of weeks of regular water changes. Looked very natural and the fish loved it!

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