For today’s X-word I needed to hit the dictionary and fell upon this obscure word (except perhaps in A-Z Challenges) – xyloglyphy – which refers to artistic wood carving …. not to be confused with xylography which is the art of engraving on wood. Confused?
I like to think of it (rightly or wrongly) as – xyloglyphy is creating something FROM wood rather than ON it. It sounds like splitting hairs but I’m going to run with it.
I don’t consider myself even remotely artistic so as a result, I’m in awe of people who can create something from ‘nothing’. The wonderful three-dimensional pieces of art developed from a plain piece of wood fascinate me with their creative, intricate designs.
I love wood and I have a particular fondness for totem poles. Terri and James at Gallivance.net wrote about the city of Biloxi, Mississippi which commissioned the creation of tree art from the many dead stumps left behind by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Technically I guess they aren’t traditional totem poles, but I like to think of them that way.
I’ve since discovered that other communities – including the city of Mississauga close to home – have also commissioned similiar works of art. I’m hoping this is a trend that will catch on – turning once noble trees into art to be admired for years to come.