|Project by Phil Brown||posted 05-26-2007 08:23 PM||2512 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
Me and said snake go a long ways back, to the moving days of my trucking career. Years ago when we were still doing that sort of transportaion a divorcing couple came to the warehouse to split their storage lot. I came back off a run to find two items left over. I asked my boss if the folks forgot the stuff, a 3 foot square smoked glass table top and a unique looking piece of driftwood. He said they couldn’t agree on the items and things were getting huffy so he told them to take it somewhere else and they packed up and left the table and driftwood behind. He told me to take the pieces home and do something with them. I did.
I was single for 9 years waiting for my first story to fade away and had bought this little house in a country town which served as a bedroom between runs. I set the glass top on a pine coffee table I had made from a pine cabinet that had housed a rock core sample collection in some arm of our government, and plunked the driftwood on top. It looked pretty cool, the combination.
One night as I was watching tv I looked down at the driftwood and envisioned a snake flowing through it. Out came the carving tools and what nights I was home I would find the snake hiding in the driftwood. It took a bit of coaxing but it finally revealed itself.
Unfortunately the snake carving never got completed. Several years after I remarried and combined 5 kids and 8 grandkids, now 12 grandkids, one of our grandsons took a liking to the snake on the coffee table and decided to drag it around the house by its tail. I should have put the piece out in the shop and not left it on display while I was completing it. It disappeared for the longest time and as I was busy trucking kind of forgot about it.
One day I decided to work on it and asked my wife where it was. She got a funny look on her face and produced the snake, minus part of its head. Our grandson had dropped it and busted the whole left side off of the head of the creature. It took a while to get over it, and even though the broken piece never showed up I know that with my skills I can glue a block in there and recarve it but it will never be the same.
I hope that someday I will find a similar piece and be able to recreate what I started to accomplish with this carving as it was exciting watching this mysterious creature come to life.
-- Phil Brown, Ontario