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Mount Fuji is one of the most traditional of Japanese images. It suggests nature, stability, calm, beauty and peace. Iím not Japanese, so I do not think I can appreciate this image out of that cultural vantage point. But I selected this image to carve into wood because its timelessness and universality spoke to me nonetheless.

We all know that trees grow by adding annular rings, which present themselvs as grain lines in cut wood. A count of the annular grain lines of this wood tells us that it was alive at the time of the Declaration of Independence. The originally eight-inch wide slice came, of course, from a much larger, and therefore older, tree.

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