Christmas Tree Stump Carvings

tile fish copy

It’s that season again!  Time to showcase my husband’s mini sculptures lovingly carved from our family’s discarded Christmas trees. He’s created over thirty of these sculptures. Each honors the tree, a memory and our family.

I’m picking up where I left off last year, at 1994.  This is Niles The Tile Fish.  I know the year is ’94, because I can easily find a penny of the same date expertly inlaid under the mount of the carving.

The story behind the fish:My family upholds the tradition of eating many varied fishes on Christmas Eve.  The tile fish is a once a year favorite.  The scales are beautifully iridescent.  This carving honors this fish and all of the many fishes that have nourished our family for countless years. It’s also a symbol of our gathering on Christmas Eve;for all of us who will celebrate this year and for all who will be missed at the table.

Posting the images of these carvings and sharing them with you, offers me the opportunity to honor my amazing husband. Happy Christmas T.

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Published by elenacaravela

My world is a wonder of visual candy and foreboding shadow shapes vying every waking moment for my full attention.

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  1. So much talent between the two of you! The fish is gorgeous. One Christmas Eve, I offered to do the dinner and I served seven fishes to my sister and her husband. They were not impressed. Neither was I. There were a lot of leftovers…

  2. Elena, my dear, your husband is very beautiful sculpture!
    Your husband is very talented! Congratulations!

    Have a wonderful Sunday with your family! Big hugs always with love, Stefania! 🙂

  3. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing a symbol of your family. I like the way that you’ve intentionally incorporated things you value into an art form. Buon Natale!

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