So, I carve a little bit ... well, to be more accurate, I carvED a little bit. I got into it when the kids were very little and there were bits and pieces of time (timedust?) where they were down for a nap, or entranced by Ariel or Belle.
During those moments I could work on a stick for a little bit. It was slow going. A stick might get started and sit for long periods before being picked up again.
When they got a little older it was a mix of opportunity and guilt. If I started carving and they came out to play, I always felt like I should put the stick down and go play too.
Well, mostly always.
Somehow, as the children grew, I managed to knock out sticks with dolphins, seastars, fish, more fish, sharks (fish again), rattlesnakes,redfish (that would be another fish), frogs, seahorses (oh look yet another fish), octopuses (not octopi), and one, but only one Santa cane for my Dad who beat polio at the age of 12.
Over the years, I have given away exactly two ... one to Dad and one to my brother as gifts. One other was made specifically to be auctioned at an FFA fundraiser and it went to, but I always knew it was going away.
About a baker's dozen of canes and sticks sit in the living room and my wife often hints at selling a few, as in, "You should make a bunch of these and take them out to the Cedar Key Art Festival".
I believe that would mean I would have to let them go, right? Therein lies the problem ... letting go.
It takes so long to make one, that I get attached.
Still, I did let one go this week to a dear friend who is a work of art herself. Our 2 daughters are as close as peas in a pod and it feels like we are all family.
She and her family have a business that depends on wood and they have a real appreciation for all things wood.
They are also rabid Florida Gator fans.
So I knew that this gator would find a good home with Ada Marie and I let it go in appreciation for the gift of wood (a cypress mantle) and friendship she has given us.
I'm sure she won't mind if I come to visit it once in a while ... just to keep in touch.