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Emerson - In the Woods Carving



Full Inscription: In the woods we return to reason and faith. - Emerson

Origins: If you have ever noticed a certain inner joy when spending time in the great outdoors, then this carving is for you! We connected with this great thought of Emerson in the words of his essay Nature and we present them here so you may do the same:

"In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years. In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, - no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground, - my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, - all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God. The name of the nearest friend sounds then foreign and accidental: to be brothers, to be acquaintances, - master or servant, is then a trifle and a disturbance. I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages. In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature."

We used an Old English style letterform popular during Emerson's era (the Victorian period) paired with a leafy illuminated leading letter to further carry the thought. Interestingly, there were those of the Victorian Era who yearned for the simpler times and traditional - even chivalric - values they felt were present during the Middle Ages. The Old English letterform essentially modernized for the Victorians the readability of a much older blackletter style to evoke the desirable qualities and feeling of that earlier period.

For whatever reason you take to the outdoors, be it renewal and rejuvenation or a return to a simpler time, this carving will remind you of that feeling - and that it still awaits you just outside.

Source: Nature, 1836

Recommended Finish: Our lighter toned Classic Oak finish works with many interiors and finishes and helps to create greater contrast to show off the many carving details of this piece to best advantage as well as helping to improve readability at greater distance.

Product Dimensions:  6" X 32" X 3/4"

Includes: Custom installation kit for wall display, installation instructions, Origins Story Card. (Plinth Base not included, but available separately.)

Charitable Category: A portion of the proceeds from this piece benefits Environmental programs.

Product SKUs:
Vintage Cherry, GTI-RE019-6-CV
Classic Oak, GTI-RE019-6-OC
Heritage Oak, GTI-RE019-6-OH

Product Copyright 2013 GTI, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Made in USA. Stock Photo Shown.

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