hot stuff

We have a wood stove for our heat. I love it. The ritual of keeping the fire going, the cozy radiant heat, and the simplicity of the system all thoroughly satisfy me. Living where we do in rural Kentucky, burning wood is an inexpensive, plentiful, renewable heat source. It seems odd to bring up my wood stove today since it is close to 70 degrees, but even though spring is well on it's way, I'm sure we will have a few more cold nights...

Luckily, Strider enjoys seeking out and procuring wood. Whether it is waste from a logging operation, sawmill waste, or trees the electric company cleaned out of their right of way, he has never had to cut a tree down just for firewood. After splitting the wood, stacking and storing it has been a hassle in the past, our system always involved flapping tarps and scraps of sheet metal to keep the wood dry-a frustrating and ugly set up. This year Strider started building a wood shed next to our driveway. It isn’t even finished but it is already a huge improvement over the tarp set up.

A few years ago I got to take a workshop with artist Susan Shie. Using her techniques, I stitched up a little wall piece on Strider’s enjoyment of firewood:

Since then I’ve come across a couple of other examples of fire wood art. Check out this lovely print by super talented Geninne Zaltkis.

I discovered the work of Alastair Heseltine in the fascinating book Builders of the Pacific Northwest by Lloyd Kahn. Check out his beautiful wood pile installation and other sculpture here.


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