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15788Zen and the Art of Knifemaking

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Nov 9, 2007
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      Since I last posted pictures of the
      knives that I had a hand (actually 2
      hands) in making, there have been
      a dozen more that have appeared.
      They can be seen in pictures #84 to 112 at:
      I have no real idea how they came to be
      a part of this dream that pretends to be
      "my life", but when I look around, they
      seem solidly present. I have really grown
      to appreciate the fine beauty of their
      wood handles and the form they have taken
      in a way that is similar to the way I
      appreciate more traditional art work.
      Prior to taking part in this craft,
      knives were just knives and wood was
      just wood to me. I am now in awe
      of the amazing textures and designs
      that are in the woods and acknowledge
      the artist who created them as a master.
      But as a witness to my inner chatter,
      I see that the potential to criticize
      this great display of divine beauty
      is ever present. And I laugh, fascinated
      by the moronic commentary that would
      interrupt my contact with the gift I
      have been given in my ability to
      appreciate and "get off on" something
      so exquisite. So I tell my chatterer
      to be still and embrace the moment and
      then let it go. And then smile with
      the silence and emptiness that shouts
      with joy as it fills with bliss. Now
      that's some sharp knives!
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