Josh Vogel is a wood sculptor. This gentle video “explores the idea that turning wood is a reductive process that in essence is a step back in time. As the wood loses a layer, the years are taken away.”
Wood is a great teacher, Vogel says. “It’s not uncommon to find lead shot or barbed wire…that has been enclosed after years and years of growth that is not evident from the outside of the tree. So it’s really an abrupt kind of transportation back to a moment when someone put a nail in the tree to hang up a sign post that you found when the thing was spinning on the lathe.”
I think I’ve run this poem here before (written after a drive-by visit to one of my childhood homes). But after watching this short video this morning, I feel like running it again.
I don’t know how to age
a tree, without cutting it open
to count the rings.
This tree in front of the tan house,
taller than its two stories,
is it older than me?
Did it once watch my yellow hair,
my skinny legs grow,
and cover me while I drank
Kool Aid in July
and tried to decide
whether to follow
or my sister
around that day.