Thursday, July 8, 2010

소나무 찻상: pine tea table

ever since my interest in the korean way of tea i have been longing for a good natural tea table like that used in korean tea houses. traditional korean furniture boasts in its ability to bring out the nature of the wood, without complexing the wood work with exotic treatment oils or chemicals. it is most important for the wood's beauty to be expressed and a table with these characteristics is quite expensive to come by, especially if a professional korean carpenter does the work...unless you convince a university groundsman to cut you a slab of wood!

this morning i was considering a drive out to the countryside to ask someone with extra wood on their property to cut me a piece. just as i pulled in to my driveway to drop off my wife and make my way out to the rural areas of newark, i spotted a groundsman cutting down a tree. i walked up to him and asked for him to cut me a one meter slab of wood. he obliged and i bought him and his co-workers cold water and i had my self a nice pine tea table!

i spent the next hour or so sanding down the top surface with a sand drill and now am sitting in front of a potentially great piece of natural korean style furniture.

i am now looking forward to learning about how to best treat the wood in a natural way as the korean way of furniture making calls for

Thursday, February 25, 2010


over the winter break my colleague and i (david o'sullivan) of seoul national university were able to collect some pilot data for our head injury study. we had a small selection of subjects but were able to refine our methodology that will be important during our full effort of data collection during the summer months in korea, and possibly areas of europe.

as a result we decided to submit a report of our initial findings to the 2nd WORLD SCIENTIFIC CONGRESS OF COMBAT SPORTS AND MARTIAL ARTS to be held at the University of Rzeszów in Poland on September 17 - 19. willy pieter is also submitting a separate abstract to participate in the meeting (he is also a listed author in our study). attending this conference would mark my third oral presentation and third trip to europe to do so. some might argue that the conferences i have presented at are not in front of a "challenging" audience but i would beg to differ in that one of the sole purposes of conducting research is to communicate findings to groups of people and individuals in order to foster partnerships and to exchange knowledge and ideas that might further the development of scientific/medical advancement.

i am excited to participate and will praying and looking for funding opportunities to attend the poland confernce. next week also marks the time when our first grant application result is to be announced (3/4/2010)