watching soccer practice and whittling at the same time

broken pieces of lumber spacers at Home Depot

broken clothespin on the ground

BELOW:  Twigs that my son, Steve, brought back from near Stonehenge, U.K., and from Cape Town, South Africa.

Some pine and cedar scraps from a post-Hurricane Sandy building project turned into an owl, a letter opener, and a boat. 

Because this maple branch was already too dry to carve easily, I soaked it in a tub of water for a couple of days before trying to carve it.

spacers not too long later

      mini letter opener

This page is essentially going to be kind of a running blog of all kinds of pieces carved in a wide variety of situations. One of its goals is just to show how much fun a person can have in with a sharp pocketknife in WHEREVER (well, almost‚Äč wherever).

On my "About Wood" page there are a couple of photos of some trees that were recently cut down in a neighbor's yard.

I was able to collect a number of branches, some of which are still waiting to be carved. However, one particular branch already "hatched" into another critter in my collection of Dr. Seuss type characters. I haven't figured out yet what to call this  one.

sitting in car during oil change

Here's the pile of branches.

Turkey Hill ice cream spoons . . . And they can become other critters besides roosters and cows.

And here's the "before" photo of the special branch.  I guess you could call this a picture of a unique egg before it has hatched.

Some time ago I carved this rooster for a hockey player. And just a few weeks ago I did a golfer rooster.  I think he was holding a driver in his beak. Then again, it may have been a

fairway wood!

Fondue skewers are great for making miniature knives, forks, and spoons.

And this is what this little guy looks like now.  Who knows, he may get tweaked a bit more before we're done with him!

twigs in front of hospital

Probably a little less than 24 hours ago from the moment I'm typing this note, I was in our local Home Depot getting some touch-up paint.  When the associate who was mixing my paint gave me a paint stick to go along with the paint I commented that, as a woodcarver, I could get ten projects from that one stick. So he handed me a few more!  And he asked me to come back and show him what I had carved.  Anyway, here are the pieces that have come out so far from that one paint stick. Not ten yet, but I can still get several more pieces from the uncarved scrap that's above my pocketknife.  Oh, and that's a little scrap of sandpaper in the photo that proved useful too.

carved in hospital's front lobby to kill time at "halftime" between sessions of a double dental appointment  . . .  These 8 pieces might have been my own record for carving in a hour and 15 minutes or so!

These little guys are definitely on the funky side!

. . . and what came from those same twigs

I'm guessing that the old house across the street that got demolished was built sometime in the 1800's.  The three little pieces I rescued from that big pile of scraps turned into eight letter openers.  (I guess you could call the little one a letter opener . . . maybe for Barbie!)