I recently discovered the Lumberjocks Forum and signed up but then spent the last couple of weeks going through all the previous entries to see just what the forum was all about… Wow! There is a considerable amount of talent floating around this place and a whole lot of good (free) information being shared. I hope that I can give back as much as I expect to be getting from all of you!
Last summer I was attending a local Farmer’s Market, selling my wood products and making new friends (I moved to the UP from sunny North Carolina about 2 1/2 years ago to take care of my 89-year-old mother. I bought a wonderful old house and have been ‘fixing’ on it in addition to building a business in the area). I started carving a chain as a good way to get people to come to my booth, start conversations and network a bit. On the day I finished the project with the hook on the chain I received an email telling me that my uncle had passed away.
Uncle John was a carver as well so I packed Mama up for the long ride down for his funeral. When we arrived at the funeral, they had several pieces of his whittling on a table in the entryway of the church – one of which was a chain with a hook on the end. I was hit with the idea of doing a memorial piece to him to give to his wife at Christmas as I knew how hard her first Christmas alone would be (Mama had a hard time after Daddy passed about 3 1/2 years back…) I talked to his son about the kind of carving knives he used and he emailed me a picture later of Uncle John’s favorite knife. Here’s what I came up with to honor his memory. Hope you like it!
-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com