October 18, 2009

At the Cabinet Café...

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... don't keep yourself all boxed up.

(The photograph is a detail of "The Bureau of Bureaucracy." I liked this depiction — in veneer — of a gap between a pillar and a tree stump. What it means to say about govenment, I'm not too sure. I tend to enjoy surrealism, free-floating.)

24 comments:

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Wow. That is absolutely beautiful. What talent!

Theo Boehm said...

I thought Artiture was a dead category.

May explain why it's in the Smithsonian.

You could glue down all the marquetry with the large pot of sticky prose the verbose veneerer made for the occasion.

traditionalguy said...

I see the theme today. This is more about men and their wood. Seriously, that is beautiful workmanship. I trust they have fire extinguishers nearby.

Bissage said...

This guy approves!

Theo Boehm said...

As someone who did a certain amount of old-fashioned hand veneering in my misspent youth, I can tell you that it's not QUTE as hard as it looks.

You just have to plan carefully, have conditions right, and not screw it up.

How often does that happen?

traditionalguy said...

In the Mansions/Townhouses South of Broad in Charleston, SC the oldest ones use wood painted to look like marble which was much more expensive a material. Old original equiptment trees never cut for timber or farming still covers the Northern half of Atlanta, where the steep hills and valleys kept them from being economical to use by the first settlers(and after Sherman's visit everyone prefered Brick homes). In fact Atlanta exists where it does only because that was as far north as the RRs could be built on flat terrain to go around the Appalachian Mountains. But that ends about five miles north of the old center of Atlanta where the Olympics were held. We love our trees.

Chip Ahoy said...

Experiment #1 with eight-year balsamic.

rhhardin said...

Autumn in the front yard, maybe a week early this year; Norway maple and smooth sumac. Dog is out of picture to the left, eating grass.

The smooth sumac is such a lightweight tree that you can plant it right up to the house, and it serves as an awning in the summer and is bare in the winter. It's supposed to be hard to kill off, but I'm not trying to kill it off.

Beth said...

The New Orleans Saints are schooling the New York Giants, 41-17, in the third quarter.

I am enjoying this soooooo much.

Theo Boehm said...
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Beth said...

Theo, from your description, veneer sounds like it has a lot in common with batique. I'm always impressed by a well-crafted outcome with either one.

Theo Boehm said...

Dammit, Beth, you stepped all over my last comment, which I shall now pull, in hope of finding a more appropriate place to insert it.

And if that sounds like a straight line, it is.

Theo Boehm said...

Well, veneering has a large component of hot, stickiness to it. At least if you do it in the old-fashioned way.

You have to really press hard, with a lot of firm, back-and-forth motion.

Theo Boehm said...

And then there are the soulless, unskilled modern methods, involving plastic and vacuum.

I say, if you have to use a press, make sure it's a screw.

Beth said...

Theo - Sorry I stepped on your line but it looks like you've got your groove back.

wv:spersin

I don't need to explicate that. It just sounds appropriate.

EDH said...

I liked this depiction — in veneer — of a gap between a pillar and a tree stump. What it means to say about govenment, I'm not too sure.

It symbolizes how out of the rape of nature Man builds his stone temples to Mammon.

While the surface veneer of the bureau may look warm and inviting, inside it is really a cold, dark and highly compartmentalized bureaucracy that divides citizen from citizen, and Man from God and nature.

Or some bullshit like that.

bearbee said...

Inside of the first piece makes me think of Escher

Titus said...

Good day fellow republicans.

Just returned from The Vinyard with my husband.

The B&B was divine and had seperate beds and doggy bags full of goodies for the rare clumbers.

Last night while in bed I had to fart so bad. I was constantly squeezing together my tight ass cheeks which you can bounce a quarter off of.

I ended taking the rare clumbers out for an early morning walk and each step I took down the stairs unveiled a new and monstrous fart. It must of laid 8-10 farts in my walk down the staircase. The husband wasn't around.

This is the first weekend that we both pinched loafs when the other was in the room. I was nervous because I know he would smell my loaf. I smelled his as well and it has a curry flavor to it, natch.

We also went to Lizzy Borden's house, I was scared.

An Indian friend called him and he spoke part Hindi and part English when speaking with them. The language is called Hinglish-similar to Spanglish.

He cums three times a night while I am lucky to shoot off one load.

We spoke about Kashmir, Wicans, Freakeconomics, Telecom Engineering, Bangladesh, Dogs, Food, Sexs, Politics, and a bunch of other stuff.

I like the inside of him more than the outside. He is funny, sarcastic, honest, really good at his work, nice, passionate, smart, upbeat, exciting, interesting a bunch of other stuff.

Theo Boehm said...

Maybe I shouldn't have said anything about hot glue.

kentuckyliz said...

LOL theo!!!!

WV hedia
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Titus said...

Next weekend we will be going to Plymouth and the following week, his birthday in Salem.

Will be staying at Nathaniel Hawthorne Inn and going to dindin at Passage of India. Also will be attending seance's and witch tours House of 7 Gables and shit like that.

Thank you fellow republicans, thank you for all the support and encouragement and patriotism you have offered me through the years.

Maxine Weiss said...

Kirstie Alley and Maxine in a cat fight !

http://twitter.com/tweetmaxine

(Why isn't Althouse on Twitter, engaging with these celebrities ? Twitter is where the action is nowadays !!!)

Theo Boehm said...

Good, Maxine.

Stay there.

M. Simon said...

A depiction of a tree in wood veneer?

Amazing. Excellent.