a coelo salus

À Coelo Salus by Matthew Gribbon

À Coelo Salus, "salvation from above", words that drift mysteriously between the chest and thumb of the man dangling upside down on the frontispiece of Sir Thomas Browne's Religio Medici. It is undefined who's arm is attached to the man or why or how they both came to be in the sky above the waters like that. Much here is mysterious and much need not be known but we intend here to offer our knowledge and perspective to what passes our fancy.

It often seems to us as if we live in something of a wooden bubble, a bubble so thin and polished that it has been made reflective and transparent. Mostly we mean this metaphorically; yet, the peculiarities of human vision and experience are such that we mean it pretty literally as well. For the mind does not view the world in three dimensions from moment to moment. Rather our vision is a slurry of superimposed images, thoughts and memories. The flick of an eyeball adds dimension flick by flick to vision, and thought by thought it grows as well. In our case the accumulation of a life of woodworking has formed this big wooden bubble around us through which we see the world. The stories, musings and observations that one may expect to find herein can be understood as the view from that wooden bubble.