Mar 23, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 12: Observe the Curve

For Week 12 of
Sally's prompt was:
 
 
Observe the Curve
 
"In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves."
~Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
 
"We move, live and love in curves. Arms, legs and bodies curve to propel us into the life around us. Branches of trees curve to embrace the breeze. Letters curve and form words. Curves can keep things apart, hold things together or create a path. This week take a moment to focus on all the different kinds of curves that surround you everyday?
 
And there were indeed curves that surround me every day.
 
From the earring wires I create each day,
 
 
 
 
to the pottery dish sitting on my desk that was
skillfully crafted by my friend Kathy,
 
 
 
 
To the shadows of light that are cast,
 
 
Hand Carved Lucet by Gordon Wayne Baldock
 
 
 
On the perfect curves of the hand carved Lucets my brother so lovingly made for me.
 
 
Hand Carved Lucets by Gordon Wayne Baldock
 
 
 
Each week these challenges open up my mind, helping to slow the pace so I can
Observe the Curves of Life!
 
 
Hand carved Lucet by Gordon Wayne Baldock
 
 
 
Please join the other participants over at
and see what Curves they have Observed!
 
 
Until Next Time,
 
Peace, Love and Observing the Curves!
 
Cheers,
~Shel~

***Side Note***

Since people were curious as to what a Lucet (Knitting Fork) is and what it's used for, I thought I'd point you in the direction of
Rad Megan who sells them on Etsy.

I have one of her knitting forks.
I got it to use when I travel because I don't want to lose or harm the ones my brother custom made for me.

Rad Megan also has a blog and a you tube video where you can read about them, see the necklace tutorial she has posted using them and watch the video where she shows two different methods of
braiding cord with them.

Here's the Link:

http://radmegan.blogspot.com/2012/06/knitting-fork-summer-necklace.html

The You Tube Video is about 
half way down on her post.

Enjoy!!

Cheers,
~Shel~

33 comments:

  1. Great photos and I love your brother's work! That is so neat...right up my alley...you are surrounded by curvy love!

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  2. beautiful curves Shel! and what a lovely gift from your brother

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    1. These are some of my most prized possessions. Well, everything my brother carves for me is. ;-)

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  3. I had to look up what a lucet was. How fortunate for you that your brother carved one for you. It is beautiful, as is the pottery your friend made.

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    1. Mary - I am truly blessed that my brother carves such wonderful pieces of art for me and my sister - you should see the Santa's and Christmas related ornaments he carves each year - they are just amazing!

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  4. Beautiful work your brother does, Shel. The pot looks primitive and wonderful with its color.

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    1. Thanks Janet - I'll be sure to tell my brother that everyone liked his work! And yes, Kathy's pot looks so cool - I just love it!

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  5. Those lucets are marvelous! Kudos to your brother.

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    1. Thank you so much! I told my brother over the phone (he lives in a different state) what I wanted and what the size of my hand was from top to bottom and he custom made it to fit perfectly in my hands. They are like 'butta' to hold!!

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  6. Those are gorgeous photos. I had to look up "lucet," though and I am intrigued. I really want to try it. :) The lucets are beautiful in their own right and I bet they help produce things that are out of this world. :)

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    1. Tanya, I had only heard them referred to as 'knitting forks' and used to have one as a child and had one for my son when he was little too. But when I googled them way back when, the word 'lucet' came up more times than not and the photos in a google search were so much better than a google search for 'knitting fork'! LOL!

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  7. Great pics Shel. Your lucets are beautiful. Have you made cord with any of them yet?

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    1. Becky,...it's funny. I've taken apart every cord I've made w/these with the except of one short one about 4 inches long. I suck at doing these,..they don't come out even,...the braids are all wonky and there's pieces sticking out. And, when I tried to do them w/leather vs. yard/cord/ribbon, then it either broke the leather or was just too hard to pull. I must be doing it all wrong. Even as a kid I couldn't really do these! LOL!! And honestly, they are super easy, so I do not know what my problem is!

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  8. ***Just a side note here gang, since everyone is interested in the Lucets/Knitting Forks. I'm going to do an amendment on the blog post w/links to a blog by "RadMegan" who sells some basic Knitting Forks (I have one of hers that I use when I travel, as the ones my brother made are under lock and key - LOL!!) and she has a cool You Tube Video that shows two (2) different methods to knot/braid cord with them and she makes a really cute 'summer' necklace with them. The link is here:
    http://radmegan.blogspot.com/2012/06/knitting-fork-summer-necklace.html
    And over on the original blog post now.
    Enjoy it everyone!!
    Cheers,
    ~shel~

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  9. These are really beautiful...there is something so special about hand carved ANYTHING....I mean, it was once just a piece of wood! like your earwires....they, too, epwere once just a long straight piece....nice post!

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    1. Thanks Patti. I just loved anything that's hand carved, too!!

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  10. Wonderful set of curvy objects! I too now know what a lucet is, I didn't before seeing your post. They are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Beti. Glad I could introduce you to something new and fun.

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  11. Oh my gosh -how gorgeous! I've never seen one of those so I've got to check this out.

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    1. Lori, I think you would love these and with as talented as you are you'd probably find some really cool uses for these braided cords!

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  12. Beautiful curves! Love the curves you both make by hand

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  13. You have a very talented and thoughtful brother! I have pottery envy now, but I do love all the curves!

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    1. Thank, you Annette. Big brother's are the best and Gordy's very thoughtful and extremely talented - more so than he knows! And Kathy Hunter's pottery is just gorgeous, isn't it?! (I keep some yummy beads in that dish!!)

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  14. I love your posts. Always so peaceful and mindful. Thank you.

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    1. Well thank you Courtney - right back at ya!! ;-)

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  15. Cool Shel, thank you for sharing I am going to have to give this one a try.
    Therese

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  16. Lol, Thanks for adding the links!! I went to go google a lucet before I scrolled all the way down! Beautiful curves by the way!

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  17. What an intriguing piece! It is so artful that it is hard to believe that it is a tool! I love your earring wires. I so wish that I could make them for myself but I never seem to find the time. I really need to learn. THanks for sharing. Enjoy the day. Erin

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  18. Great cuves! I’m part of the bead soup party. Looking forward to the reveals. I'm now following you. I have a new blog. Please consider following my jewelry blog. Thanks.
    http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com

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  19. Great post Shel! I had no idea what a knitting fork was. I have to go look at Rad Megan's site.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Beautiful photos and thank you for the link to see what actually the knitting fork is used for, I went to Rad Megan's site and can see myself trying this, love the scarves you can make.

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