Heavy Metal Vice

Vice  - amidst all this virtue!This BIG vice was found rusting away at Aber-Gwen Woollen Mill in 1978, and it’s been a useful part of the growing ‘family’ of friends ever since.

If for one moment we consider superstring theory to be so crazy that it might hold some possibilities, then for that (brief?) moment, everything in the known physical multiverse is related to everything. That vice is as much one of my cousins as you are, Cousin!

I have always felt ‘at one’ with everything and maybe, vice versa. But some things like this chunky iron vice have a quality to them that I personally understand. Whereas, with the ever complex technologies today, they need large teams to understand them and no individual can thoroughly troubleshoot.

Such extremes of technology no longer conjoin easily. I am comfortable with the cold chunky iron vice and it’s very real. The Herculean work of particle splitters and space explorers is more flaky in my mind because it updates so rapidly and spawns so many differing opinions.

If all goes according to plan (or fate) , all those that think about the ‘theory of everything’ will form a theocracy (or is it ‘Theo-crazy’) made up of theologians, theo-logins and theo-rists, whilst I put the kettle on at the HoBB and make some actual tea.

Though ‘ideas’ are sweet to speculate upon, practical outcomes are sweeter.

Solid waves of action ~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Feng Shui is now a thing-in-itself

Small Reproduction Chinese SignYo !,

This sign depicts the Chinese characters for “Feng Shui”. We designed, carved and painted it in the HoBB toolbod and left it hanging outside to age for six seasons and more reasons.

By allowing nature the time it needs, we create works that looks as though they have existed a lifetime. This progressive system of design allows us the joy of witnessing growth and is not for those liking a quick fix.

A lot of books and television programmes promote these instant ‘make-overs’ for interiors, gardens and lifestyles. At the end of a few hectic days, you can be instantly themed into anything but this is too touch and go. Getting the balance on life and culturing a great environment around your lifestyle takes a profound effort not a shallow surface treatment.

Many assume that they can invoke a Feng Shui spirit, or that a total stranger can apply a set pattern of Feng Shui rules to their personal living space so as to make it ‘better at providing advantages’ . This is too often the way of westernised Feng Shui, hinged firmly around the commercial wish to shift ever more merchandise. We recently popped into some shops around Glastonbury (UK) and discovered, ever there, Feng Shui shops that invalidate their own principles by stacking clutter in corners and fragmenting their energies with inept shelving and gaudy graphics. Somehow, it seems like an act of infidelity to ‘sell’ in a manner that betrays the cause.

We all need space and the time we spend creating places where energy simply flows and is not blocked should be filled with intuitive joy. The best way forward is to re-evaluate your own stuff rather than to get in more or different clutter. Being a consumer will always be a balancing act. Sellers will always say that we need something they produce.

By sorting through what needs to be kept and what you can re-cycle elsewhere, you clarify more than the space around you. I was on one of my sort-outs the day I made the sign above. It was made from a special piece of green oak – an off-cut that never made it into the wood stove. Either the grain or the feel of it made me put it on one side. I had produced a similar sign to this for indoor use using well matured ancient oak so I took a break from sorting out the tools and marked out the sign for Feng Shui on its surface. A few hours later and this sign was cut, carved, treated and hanging outside – on one of the big HoBB oak trees as a thank you to Nature itself.

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant