Sawdust and Soul: A Conversation about Woodworking and Spirituality

Sawdust and Soul: A Conversation about Woodworking and Spirituality

by William J. Everett


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625644633
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 12/16/2014
Pages: 106
Sales rank: 754,328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

William J. Everett taught Christian ethics in graduate schools for over thirty years before turning to woodworking. In addition to his academic books and articles, he is the author of Red Clay, Blood River, an eco-historical novel, as well as Turnings, a collection of his poetry. He lives in the hardwood forest of western North Carolina with his wife, Sylvia, a liturgical artist in many media.

One of South Africa's most celebrated theologians, John W. de Gruchy is also a woodworker, with pieces in many churches, schools, and homes throughout the country and abroad. Among his recent books are Confessions of a Christian Humanist and Led into Mystery. He and his wife, Isobel, are members of the Volmoed Christian Community near Hermanus, South Africa, where he writes, gives seminars, and does woodworking, while Isobel paints and writes poetry.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

About This Book xi

Living with Wood 1

Johns Story

Bill's Story

The Enchantment of Trees

Wounded Whole

About the Sawdust

Working with Wood 21


The Workbench

The Toolbox

The Work of Mediation

Building with Wood 31

Bills Round Table

Finding the Grain

Knowing the Wood

Johns Octagonal Table

Remembering with Wood 53

Material Meditation

In Celebration of Olive Wood


Meanings In Wood 63

Fonts, Lecterns, and a Crosier

From Crutch lo Cross

The Healing Serpent

Safety First!

Connecting with Wood 73

A Short Glossary 81

Bibliography 85

About the Authors 89

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