Once again Steve passed on to me some "historical" twigs, this time from the famous cherry trees in Washington, D.C.  Recent winds had knocked down some twigs sand branches, and Steve picked them up and mailed them to me a week or so ago.  Here are the before and after photos.

From Sherwood Forest twigs:

* 2 roosters on bases

* 1 owl on a stump

* 1 longbow (not strung yet)

* 1 arrow (w/o feathers at the moment)

* 2 hunting knives

* 2 toothpicks (Who says toothpicks         have to be straight?!)

*  Firewood and a spit ready for                 roasting a wild boar (or whatever

   they roasted back then)

*  Some extra pieces of firewood (in         case ​they need to roast a second


From Shakespeare twig:

* Hen sitting on woodpile

* Knife

* Owl on stump

Not too much doubt about it, at least for me most Y-shaped twigs and branches turn into roosters, and straight ones usually turn into owls or knives.   However, each piece is a bit different from every other.  For instance, the rooster and owl on the left crow and hoot with a distinct British accent, while the rooster and owl on the right crow and hoot bilingually in both Afrikaans and English (with a definite South African accent).  I doubt you can hear them on your electronic device that's picking up this website, but you should hear the racket they are making here!! 


My son Steve recently returned from a trip to England, accompanying his daughter's 7th grade class trip.  Being a university professor, and someone who has long had an interest in history, Steve was thoughtful enough to bring me several little twigs that had ties to Britain's past.

For lack of a better name for the content of the following, I'll (for the moments at least) call what is below as "historic" carvings.  That's because the pieces of wood used came from places that had some important significance in history or were in some way connected to a well known historical person.


1 rooster

1 horse head 

1 mallet

2 knives

1 olive poker

6 flowers

1 owl on a stump

1 ax (definitely appropriate as related to a certain well known story involving a cherry tree)

some kindling left over

The two twigs on the left are from Nottingham's Sherwood Forest (of Robin Hood fame).

The single twig on the right wrapped in a tissue is from

a short distance from William Shakespeare's grave.

The two twigs in the middle are from the cemetery where another very famous English poet, William

Wordsworth is buried. 

Backtracking a few years, here are a few more pieces carved from twigs that Steve brought back from two other historic sites:  Stonehenge in the U.K., and Cape Town, South Africa.

From the two Wordsworth twigs: 

* Rooster on firewood pile

* Hen on log

* Miniature dugout canoe

* Knife

* "Fancy" toothpick

* Dog head (started out to be a hen,

  but got messed up and carved into a

​  dog)

  You almost never have to throw anything away! Almost always a messed up piece can be turned into something else.