Gary James (Black Bear)
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By: Free Spirit
Art by: Gary
James (Black Bear)
Created: Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Firewalk is fashioned from the
Slate, Perduke wood, Coal, Fired rock, Sand,
Lightning struck lemon wood (Florida), Copper
Lightning struck female black walnut (Apps Mill, Brantford ONTARIO
Hickory wood, Ebony, Lawyers cain, Vegetable ivory (tauga nut),
Various paints stains and tongue oil
The Story of
Firewalk was born in understanding of the Feminine spirit of
regeneration in the harshest of conditions in the sacred hoop of life.
It is a human reflection of the nature of Mother Earth and the mind of
There were two beautiful straight and tall walnut trees standing side
by side on a road amid wild flowers and a canopy of other hardwoods
and white cedar. A storm had spoken to the female walnut tree with its
voice of lightning and left its story emblazoned on one of her upper
The tree continued to grow and was healthy. Acting out of fear with
vision of seeing the tree dropping its branch on a passing car a
caretaker thought it best to cut the tree to firewood leaving its mate
to stand alone.
I approached the man as he cleaned up the mess of small limbs and
leaves and explained to him that I was a sculptor. In the car I had a
finished piece of work and showed it to him. He was taken with it and
asked me what had inspired me to sculpt it.
I explained, "The same sort of inspiration radiates now from the
fallen one and her mate that now stands alone. I asked him if I may
have a piece of wood to carve the story of the tree. He looked down to
the cut pieces, then upward to her living mate, standing alone..
"Take all the wood to carve", he said with lowered head.
"Let me see it when you are done?" Sure I replied ... but I
never saw that man again.
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