the new ethos
at the root of my daily thoughts,
broader visions and practice
dwell subjects of
human to nature relationships,
ecology, ideology, spirituality,
culture, craft, rhythm, and interdisciplinarity.
an abridged list of inspirations: an old milking stool, Basho, melting ice, red hot embers, millimeters or thirty-seconds, precision vs. slack, zen, hand tools, local economies, wabi sabi, intuition, a feather, John Trudell, Leopold Kohr, deep ecology, sloyd, decaying wood, a kiridashi, Shaker furniture, forests, minimalism, Tony Williams, integral joinery, nomadic culture, meditation, the smell of walnut dust, organic cacao.
Fine things in wood are important, not only aesthetically, as oddities or rarities, but because we are becoming aware of the fact that much of our life is spent buying and discarding, and buying again, things that are not good. Some of us long to have at least something, somewhere, which will give us harmony and a sense of durability — I won’t say permanence, but durability — things that, through the years, become more and more beautiful, things we can leave to our children.
+ James Krenov
Wilderness is a place where the wild potential is fully expressed, a diversity of living and nonliving beings flourishing according to their own sorts of order. In ecology we speak of "wild systems." When an ecosystem is fully functioning, all the members are present at the assembly. To speak of wilderness is to speak of wholeness. Human beings came out of that wholeness, and to consider the possibility of reactivating membership in the Assembly of All Beings is in no way regressive.
+ Gary Snyder
Whenever something is wrong, something is too big.
+ Leopold Kohr
Specialization tends to shut off the wide-band tuning searches and thus to preclude further discovery.
Don't fight forces, use them.