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SUNDAY January 17

Stick pickin' cancelled until tomorrow...too wet...found a couple of nice spots to cut...should be some good ones mostly poplar and sweet gum... 

 Cut down the dogwood tree...everything above 12' or so was d-zeesed...so got some good stuff for bears and sittin' doggies n' such...

 In a funk...not seeing a dang thing in the trees...no faces, no animals, no nothing...just waiting for the muse to come...if it was warmer I'd be off to the golf course...sometimes I'm just amazed at how you folks can just keep on whittlin' every day or almost every day...and ya'll probally wonder how in the heybedooble I can blitz carve or work without Roughouts...

Florida Woodcarvers Roundup is sneakin' up reeaaallll fast...Feburary 2nd thru the 5th...lots of great instructors...that's only 15 days from right now so ya'll better be sharpening up your tools...remember...sharp tools make sharp carvings...twang n' yee-haw too...

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

SnowSnowSnow...

Want to cut up my Dogwood log and carve up some Bears...but...snow...and...coldcoldcold...this old man ain't gonna work in the goldanged snow n' cold...here in the south we just wait till it melts and it should all be gone by Monday...but that just means sittin' round n' watchin' it melt instead of workin'...I guess I could go work in the sunroom but then there ain't no sun in the sunroom...but...I guess I could turn on the space heater in the sunroom to warm up the sunroom...but...sittin' round procrastinating is lookin' a whole lot better right here n' now...

Well now...the Florida Woodcarvers Roundup is now eight days away and I still got stuff to do for that...we will be pulling out early Monday morning with hot coffee in our hands...590 miles...bout 10 hours on the road including stops...4 nights, 5 days then back home again...the things I do to buy groceries...mmm...

9:09 am est 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SNOW DAY

It's snowing...only because the weather people said "there may be a slight chance of snow but highly unlikely"...so here it comes...kinda like white rain...don't think it will be enough to make everything close...that's what we do here in the Deep South...close up and wait till it melts...

Cut a couple dozen sticks yesterday...just in time it appears...now I gotta pick another day to trim up the sticks and bundle them up for the Florida trip...so all is quiet in preparations for the trip...the checklist is growing smaller and the time is growing shorter...12 days...yep...12 days to roundup time...kinda makes you feel like a freakin' cow...roundup...mmm...whoever invented these gatherings musta been a rancher...why not Calling All Carvers or The Rendezvous or The Gathering or A Gaggle Of Whittlers or The Carving Bunch or something...I think the first one was held in Texas so that's why it's a roundup...now that I said that someone will dispute it and someone else will correct it...

And for all you folks who don't like sharpening tools there's a fella down at the Florida Woodcarvers Roundup who will be setup to sharpen your tools...I'd tell you his name but he ain't paid yet...yee-haw...

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

PACKING LIST

Here's a few things this old instructor is going to be stuffing into the truck, Toyota Tacoma, for the Florida Woodcarvers Roundup...

Box Cypress Knees, Bundle of Long Nose Sticks(24), Cypress Knee models, Stick models, Box OCC tools for sale, CDs for sale, Roughouts for sale, Roughout instructions, 2x4 folding table, box of paints, tool box, steel pins for sticks, epoxy, super glue, Poly spray, Japanese saw, hand cart, cooler, water, food, clothes, wife...don't ever forget to list wife...

mmm...there is got to be something missing...

Monday the 11th is stick pickin' day...on that day we will have had 10 days of cold weather...the dadgum sap should have run on back down by then so it should be some good whittlin wood...I'll start with the dogwood tree that needs to come down...there's Long Nose sticks n' little Bears n, a face or two n' other stuff I ain't even thought of yet in that tree...then it's trim the sweet gums turn...lots more goodies in them limbs...I'll leave the hickory n' oak for another time...nothing like working with natural wood... 

Thinking on a new class...ain't tellin' yet...pondering n' researching...lotsa mmm's going on...might maybe do it in Evart MI at The Roundup that is...mmm...mmm...

See ya'll next time... 

2:28 pm est 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

PREPARATIONS

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I will be covering my preparations for the Florida Woodcarving Roundup so all you folks interested can see what an instructor goes thru getting ready...well that is this instructor...The Florida Woodcarvers Roundup is just 30 whole days away...sooo...it's time we start getting ready...I will be teaching two classes...

on Feburary 2nd and 3rd will be Cypress Knee Characters and on the 4th and 5th will be Long Nose Garden Guards...both classes should be fun so bring your sharp toys and we will have a little fun...there will 17 other instructors so you have lots of choices although I selfishly ask that you attend mine...

I just received a box of lumpitty bumpity cypress knees for your enjoyment and will be going stick pickin' for the Long Nose class next week...had a delay in stick pickin' because I winter cut the sticks...but...the sap ran down and the leaves fell and then it rained and rained and rained some more and then...and then...summer suddenly arrived again right in the middle of winter...well now...it stayed warm so long that nature got fooled and the sap ran up and the trees started budding so now I have to wait for the sap to run on back down before cutting...and just like Bre Rabbit a jumpin' in a briar patch winter is back...so now we wait a bit and then go stickin'...gonna get some sweet gum sticks and some dogwood sticks both easy carving...that is if you got sharp tools...so now before ya'll ya'alls get on to anyone's class ya'll get busy prepping your toys making em reallllll sharp...

Well that's all for now until stick pickin' time...

 

 

10:07 am est 


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