Monday, June 21, 2010

Mastery of an Art

To me, artistry is more than just pictures on a wall, a statue, or something that can be captured on film.  An artist is someone who has found what they are meant to do--they understand the intricities of their craft and have an instinctual feel for what they are doing.  This can be shooting, welding, sports, computers.  And watching someone in their element is truly an awesome sight.

In this case, it was tree removal.  Mr. B has posted pictures of the giant tree and our barn being crushed slowly beneath its weight and has lauded A Clean Cut Tree Service in Wanatah, IN (219-916-4968), who left a job because we had an emergency (the barn was slowly being crushed like a beer can and was not going to last another few hours).  Jeremiah was AMAZING.  He was dropping branches that weighed hundreds of pounds exactly where he wanted them, light as a feather.  Despite the fact that his foot, at one time, went THROUGH the roof, he kept at it and brought the tree down with no further damage to the barn.  He would make a few cuts, watch the wood and the swing and would just tap it down.  There was only a six foot space to drop debris into and he hit the mark every time--no pinballing down the side of the barn.

It was amazing to watch, saved the barn, and allowed Mr. B to get up and tarp over the holes in advance of the NEXT set of thunderstorms set to hit today.

6 comments:

Scott McCray said...

That is indeed a craftsman...it is poetry in motion watching a good "tree guy."

Midwest Chick said...

It was truly poetry in motion. This guy is to trees what Mr. B is to metal. Artistry at its finest.

Scott McCray said...

Did you see my Fathers Day post? That was a real tree guy there, too. Unfortunately we lost him to a tree...but he went out with his boots on! What kind of metal work does Mr. B do? (Inquiring minds and all that).

Midwest Chick said...

I just went and read it. I'm sorry for your loss. It sounds like he was quite a man and that his legacy is living on in you, which is the best tribute you can give, I think.

Mr. B fabricates things (trailers, bumpers, etc.--whatever is needed) and repairs things (engines, etc.) and fabricates things to repair things. If it's metal, he can bend it, weld it, drill it, and fix it. If there are engines involved, even better. It's wicked cool to watch him work and to watch him teach his skills to others. He's taught me a lot too!

Scott McCray said...

Those are wonderful skills to have...given where this handbasket seems to be going!

Midwest Chick said...

I'm getting a feeling that they are going to be invaluable in the next little while.