...how 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!)

broken clothespin on the ground

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.

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

spacers not too long later

      mini letter opener


watching soccer practice and whittling at the same time

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

broken pieces of lumber spacers at Home Depot

carved in hospital's front lobby

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.