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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-22-2008, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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I'm glad to see Mark ok'ed this topic and put it up. I certainly wish I had a good project to share but I don't exactly have experience in carving or pyrography save the following two stories that make me laugh.

My Carving Story:
When I was about 8 or 9 I used a folding wood saw that my grandfather gave me as a Christmas present to cut everything in site, much to my mother's chagrin. I also admired that same grandfather for his beautiful handcarved animals. So, one day after spending at least 2 hours cutting off the end of a cedar 4" x 4", with my little saw I decided to carve something from the 4" x 4" x 2" block. All that I could find was a screwdriver and a tack hammer, and the next 5 hours I proceded to carve a VERY crude round bowl with them. I've always thought of it as a fitting image of the start of my woodworking interest. In my DUMB days in college, I cut notches into it, sanded it, and used it as an ash tray. It's still around somewhere packed away in a box!

My Pyrography Story:
In junior high I had a whole gang of "cowboy" friends (I'm from a small Texas town). We thought it was the coolest thing in the world to go around with a magnifying glass and burn our names into telephone poles on bright sunny days. I wonder if I could find any of these if I ever went back to visit?

Ok, now someone post something legitimate for us all to admire and learn from!!!

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Josh, I really am pleased that you no longer have need for an ash tray! A delightful story.


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When things you make have a story attached they are much more interesting.
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Ha ha... funny stuff ... love the telephone pole story!


My Carving Website: The Iowa Woodcarver
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Josh - that pole story brought back memories to me too. I also think that I have my first wood burning in some park benches back in my home town. Thinking about it now - it would of not really been hard for someone to link the destruction of public property to us kids as we were dumb enough to write our whole names....Guess that is why I became a cop instead of a criminal.


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