"Rattlesnake Beans"

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Project by mpounders posted 05-20-2014 04:01 AM 1447 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Rattlesnake beans are an “heirloom” variety of green beans. You know you are getting old when things you used to eat are now heirlooms! Mama cooked these in an iron pot with an unhealthy amount of grease, but her church always asked if she would bring her beans whenever they had a potluck. I would rather have a plate of these with a little cornbread and a bit of onion than any other meal on earth! But you don’t get rattlesnake beans out of a can… have to pick them and then you have to snap them. Snapping beans is not a difficult job; you get to sit in the shade, it’s easy enough for even kids to help, and you usually sit around with a group of people to get it finished. It’s relaxing. I remember helping my granny and mama and others and snapping beans never seemed like work. But if you enjoy the company you keep, the work always does seem easier.

I hope this carving reminds you of times with your family, of a home-cooked meal that you can almost smell. I hope you can taste your own memories of rattlesnake beans! Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 05-20-2014 05:23 AM

Wonderful, great story, excellent carving and detail, finish is well done, flowers on the dress are amazing, another fantastic carving! love the expression on her face, reflects the chore to be done.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 05-20-2014 08:06 AM

First of all, what a wonderful looking carving…such detail, and second, you sure brought back allot of memories from my past. Setting on the back porch with Grandma snapping beans. I tell young people that and they just laugh and shake their heads. I know there is always some part of our past we would like to see again, and that is one of them…thanks for sharing.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#3 posted 05-20-2014 09:30 AM

Always a pleasure to see your work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 05-20-2014 09:31 AM


-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#5 posted 05-20-2014 10:10 AM

Your Carvings are Amazing!! What detail and such Great Expressions.
Your story made me think back about picking and shelling Peas, and then the Wonderful dish my Mother would make of Creamed Peas & new Potatoes.
Thanks for Sharing your story.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#6 posted 05-20-2014 10:12 AM

Cool project, the setting is commonplace here on the farm, we often have four generations together for lunch (only the “nonna” is quite a bit stouter)

-- Dreaming patterns

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#7 posted 05-20-2014 10:52 AM

Mike, it sure does remind me of grandma. Love your work.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 05-20-2014 12:38 PM

Thanks for another trip down memory lane: great story and incredible detail in your carving and painting.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 05-20-2014 12:40 PM

Nice carving and a nice story to go with it Mike. I’m afraid time on mobil phones, iPads and computers have replaced a lot of those special times we used to enjoy with our family members and friends working or relaxing. Maybe things will change in the future with more subtle technology.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 05-20-2014 12:48 PM

Wonderful carving! I love the reminder of days gone by.. Brings back many memories too me, I have grown many of these Rattlesnake beans they are a very good pole bean, thanks have a great day.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 05-20-2014 01:32 PM

Great story Mike. It brings back memories of Sunday Dinner at my grandparents. They did a lot of unhealthy cooking too and boy did it have the best flavor. Miss those days. This is an amazing carving and I love all detail that you put into this carving, not to mention the incredible paint job. Thanks.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#12 posted 05-20-2014 01:34 PM

Outstanding carving.

But now I am hungry for those beans.

-- Jeff NJ

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#13 posted 05-20-2014 02:03 PM

Mike this is one of your best. It’s a wonderful carving and it was painted just right.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 05-20-2014 03:14 PM

Mike I was in hurry when I saw it first and I made a comment “Marvelous”. Now I had time to came back to this page in order to read your description. After reading, I said to my self What you wrote is exactly what I felt when I look at your sculpture without reading. The conclusion, You succeeded to transfer the feeling by carving.

It reminds me also a photo which I took In Bulgaria, 2003.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#15 posted 05-20-2014 06:05 PM

Thanks Eli! It’s pretty neat that we all seem to share so many similar memories.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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