When I think of carpentry, I think of Jesus, Joseph, and Whitman's words, "The carpenter dresses his plank, the tongue of his foreplane whistles its wild ascending lisp" from Song of Myself. And did you know Harrison Ford once worked as a carpenter?
I also think of the bear statues on sale at various roadside shops throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains... and of expensive, custom-made cabinetry.
The carving and sanding of wood is as much an art as the sculpting of marble. The difference lies in the cultural interpretation (and thus value) placed on each.
One is rustic; the other ornate.
One is humble; the other luxurious.
One is austere; the other lavish.
Yet, is it really so?
Peg and Awl's shop of rustic items made from reclaimed wood is a beauty for perusing. I hope to see that swing hanging from a huge oak tree in my (future) yard someday.