Driftwood from Malaysia? Who knows?

Finished Driftwood Sculpture from Little Whale Cove…

http://www.chrismaser.com/driftwood.htm#:

“Driftwood symbolizes the Eternal relationship between wood and water, between forest and sea, between life and death. It symbolizes the ever-present moment, which is at once the past, present, and future–here, now, in this nanosecond contained.”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/driftwood-reshapes-ecosystems-180968104/

I became enchanted by driftwood laying on the beach at the Cove, over a year ago now. Since then it has become an obsession of my soul…

I feel whole examining and learning about driftwood pieces that come by for a visit in our little Cove by the sea. It is here where I can discover the planet’s ecosystem from the beginning to the end…

But, is there an end? I don’t believe so now. Life is recycled. There is no end.

When spring arrives, it is proof there is no end. I see reincarnation. I want to come back as a Pelican and join Captain Pelican Pete and The Flying Aces of Little Whale Cove…

For I believe life is renewed at the Cove. I feel God’s spirit while discovering driftwood in the Cove.

There is only life on earth. There is no end to the Universe…

Steve and Judy Sparks
Children and Families in Life After Trauma
“Matt n Mattie” at the Cove…

“HMS Queens Pride” Rum Running at The Cove… c1780

Partial plank from Captain Jack Rumsey’s sailing ship, “HMS Queens Pride”
“Cedar is a light dimensionally stable wood, with a very high strength-to-weight ratio. It doesn’t absorb water readily and is highly resistant to decay, so the common enemy of most other boat building timbers – rot – is not an issue.” https://www.sailboat-cruising.com/cedar-strip-boat-building.html
“HMS Queens Pride,” Whale Cove, Oregon c1880https://www.pirateshowcancun.com/blog/scurvy-pirate-history/famous-pirate-ships-in-history/

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Captain Jack Rumsey, swimming to shore after his ship sunk off the Cove jetty c1780…

Was Whale Cove a bootlegger’s dream?

“Many believe that during Prohibition (1920-1933) Canadian rumrunners would sneak into this secluded bay at night, anchor, and use rowboats to ferry the illicit booze to the beach where shore gangs would hoist the shipment (mostly bourbon and scotch) to the bluff top and, if the coast was clear, they would load it onto trucks parked on the tree-lined road above for peddling to booze pushers and speakeasys all over the county.”

Whale Cove long ago… Photo (Whale Cove circa 1931) from the vast archives at the Lincoln County Historical Society
Public Archives, The Cove …

“Ohhhh woo woo woo!” Captain Jack Rumsey yelled as he swam to the Cove shore. He was knocked off the “Queens Pride” as it was breaking up on the north point of the Cove…

It was a late afternoon severe thunderstorm and sea spout that sent the HMS Queens Pride into the basalt cliffs. Twas an early fall, balmy sunny day, in the Cove, when the cliffs at the Cove ripped the Queens Pride in two…

Most of the crew took the ship’s small landing craft to shore 30 minutes earlier. The crew and the rum got to the beach in the nick of time. They were greeted by happy natives and white settlers who occupied the coastal waters near Whale Cove and Depoe Bay…

Captain Jack was with a small ships crew to keep an eye on things, and watch the sea for pirates. “Rum Running” was an art for Captain Jack Rumsey. He was the best of the best at his craft.

Running rum to the Cove and up ‘n down the coast to Pirate Cove, and other Coves along the coast was Captain Jack Rumsey’s pride. He was loved by natives and and white settlers alike, who lived in harmony, on the coast…

Two shipfitters and a coxswain were killed on the rocks. Captain Jack and the crew were deeply distressed about that.

The HMS Queens Pride ships crew are battle buddies of old. They grieve terribly for their brothers in arms…

The best of the best, the ‘right stuff’ sort of sailors, follow Captain Jack Rumsey. He was known for treating his men fairly, unlike “Blackbeard” who was terribly abusive to his crew…

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbeard

The natives and white settlers were waiting excitedly for the rum runners to come ashore. All the villages nearby danced on the Cove beach. They prepared for the early fall Pow Wow, and native style salmon bake, at the Cove…

The natives cooked salmon to a smoky slow burning wood fire. They would dance and sing along with the white settlers. Furry friends and wildlife neighbors joined in too…

But, with the tragic loss of 3 heros from the HMS Queens Pride, Captain Jack Rumsey wanted to honor them. So, all the Cove’s men, women, natives alike, furry loved ones and wildlife friends, gathered together to honor their fallen heroes…

Later that evening, Captain Jack Rumsey, got up to say a few words to the villagers and his crew. He was a little tipsy, though. Rum Running was his trade craft, you know…

After Captain Jack’s powerful words of praise, honor and remembrance, the community went on to drink and be merry… This was the way of Captain Jack Rumsey. For his love for others was always bigger than himself…

It was some months later when another ship arrived from Canada, with more than enough Rum to spare. Captain Jack Rumsey returned home with his crew after that. He was still a little tipsy after a good rest, and extended play, at the village near the Cove…

The story of Captain Jack Rumsey is shared here first. It was a Cove secret until a piece of HMS Queens Pride cedar plank appeared in the Cove awhile ago. It was then, when the truth was revealed to me, like a spirit’s whisper in the cool sea breeze by the Cove…

Steve and Judy Sparks
Children and Families in Life After Trauma

Amazing Driftwood Sculpture from Little Whale Cove..

“Pueblo” a treasure from the sea!

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“Pueblo ” before…
“Pueblo” before…
Magic! “Pueblo ” is a planter!

When Judy found this piece on the Little Whale Cove Beach awhile back, it looked like something no one would pay any attention to, no not at all…

“Let’s take home and see,” I said with a smile of curiosity and a look of mystery. “Who knows?” It might be from an old shipwreck off the coast, ” I imagined thinking and dreaming again about such things…

“Pueblo” was very heavy then with seaweed, creatures from the sea, and the cycle of life in motion, as it traveled the oceans from afar. I had no idea then what it was, or that we would see “Pueblo” at Mesa Verde Dwellings, or maybe a Sea Horse too…

What do you see?

https://www.nps.gov/meve/learn/historyculture/cliff_dwellings_home.htm

“Pueblo” Do you see it?
Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate,…and aspiring artisan.

Driftwood Beach Art Moves My Soul…. “Journey” a gift from the sea…

“Journey” from Mindfulness Meditation Creations, Little Whale Cove, Oregon by Steve Sparks…

I can’t stop looking at it! It was amazing to watch this piece appear to me.

A Walnut driftwood gem from Malaysia? Currents and trade winds make for long ocean journeys from far away places.

How long was it at sea? Finally ending its long journey at at sea, on the beach of Little Whale Cove, when King Tides pushed it to shore…

Now, for all to see❤️ The colors & texture makes a natural sculpture from the sea…

I call the piece, “Journey.” A beautiful gift from the sea, indeed…

Completely black and very heavy at first eye. Years, decades or maybe much longer at sea..

The “journey” and adventures in the Pacific to many places unseen. Where did this gorgeous, naturally sculptured treasure from the sea come from anyway?

I picked it up on Little Whale Cove Beach about 6 weeks ago. After a big storm and King Tides launched it to shore.

It took more than a month to dry out it seemed… After cleaning, sanding, buffing and finishing, the stunning beauty appeared to me with enchanting clarity.

I made it for a special loved one… A spiritual gift made from my heart and soul…

A sculpture made by the sea, after a very long journey so very far away. Now, for all of us to enjoy and see… A treasure from the sea is eternal just like love and the seas…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan.

Driftwood Beach Art Moves My Soul…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan. Driftwood piece with Air Plant…
Imagine! Where did this piece come from? How long was it at sea? What did it see?

The stunning Driftwood Beach Art sculpture with a gorgeous Air Plant came to me from the sea. What do you see?

I wonder how many decades, even centuries of travel at sea. Where did it journey? What did it see?

I found this beautifully sculptured driftwood piece in Little Whale Cove some weeks ago. After drying for weeks, it was cleaned up and sanded around the edges.

Judy looked at it and said, almost immediately. “Air Plant!” The cycle of life moves my soul, once again…

I see God’s power and grace in all of nature’s imagination. Just look out to sea, you’ll feel your soul and see the same as me…

Imagine again! Imagine again with me…

All the best in healing and self care for you and your loved ones, furry friends too…

Steve Sparks

Breathe…