Saturday, November 29, 2008
For years, whenever I went to the beach, I collected driftwood. I wasn't sure what I would use the driftwood for, I just liked collecting mementos from the ocean. Driftwood is surprisingly strong for having been tossed about in the ocean and pounded by waves on the shore. One day I thought it would be nice to combine some driftwood with ceramics. I made this water carrier with the idea of inserting a driftwood handle. I have five boxes of driftwood, but only a couple of pieces of driftwood were suitable to use as the handle for this piece.
Today I decided to make a wind chime with another piece of driftwood and some of my ceramic leaves. I drilled four holes equally spaced through a piece of driftwood. I noticed the driftwood has a fresh pine scent when it is drilled. As I was drilling the holes, I was imagining the piece of wood traveling down a stream from a forest above and finally entering the ocean below. I was quite happy to be reclaiming the wood and putting it to another use.
Since I was impatient to hear the sound a ceramic chime would make, I quickly tied hemp cord through holes in some ceramic leaves I made. I pushed the cord through the holes the leaves and then up through the holes I drilled in the driftwood and tied knots at the top. Then I drilled two more holes for another piece of hemp cord to hang the wind chime from. The stoneware leaves make a beautiful sound - a pleasing reverberation when hung near a building. I'm already thinking of how I can jazz this wind chime up a bit by staggering the leaves, perhaps adding some wood beads and other natural items I might find lying about.
Later I tried stringing some of my small porcelain pendants to make another wind chime, as I jiggled them about the only sound they made was a dull thud. There must be a formula for the mass and size the ceramic piece must be to make the appropriate chiming sound. Does anyone know a forumla for the size and thickness the ceramic piece must be to produce a pleasing sound? Anyway, it's fun finally putting some of the driftwood I have collected to use.