Thursday, December 11, 2008
D.H.D. ~ The Golden Oak:
Here's the altered sketch for the first D.H.D. Oak painting/collage. The idea came in part from looking at a carpentry manual that he used, and which I suspect came from his father, also a seventh son, also a Daniel. One, maybe both of them were Masons. One of the concepts of masonic lore, late 19th century spiritualism cloaked in Egyptian imagery, is that God is the master architect, with the supreme level and square. Power is a getting things right - accurate joints, proper handling of well chosen materials, a master plan. How did this square in his mind with the supernatural power to heal? What I've read of Pennsylvania Dutch healers puts the crux at faith - though there is some sense that the power can be automatic, a matter of following certain procedures in the correct order - knowing the words to speak. And even within communities where such powers are relatively common, there are reservations as to where the power originates from, and disagreements as to whether it is sanctioned by the bible or not.
I haven't identified any example of his hand writing with certainty, but he did carve his initials on the (oak) handle of one of the chisels in his toolbox.