*Many of you will remember my husband’s tradition of saving the stump of our family’s Christmas tree every year, and carving it into the form of a creature. Each creature represents a sustaining memory of something significant to us in that year. When he has completed the carving, he cleverly inserts a penny with the …
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Christmas Tree Carvings:Second Week
The next five Christmas tree carvings lovingly created by my husband.* *Many of you will remember my husband’s tradition of carving the stump of our family’s Christmas tree each year, into a creature. Each creature represents a sustaining memory of something significant to us in that year. In addition, he cleverly inserts a penny with …
Christmas Tree Carvings Revisted
Original post Many of you will remember my husband’s unique tradition of removing the sump of our family’s Christmas tree when the Holidays are over, and before it it dragged to the curb. He seasons each stump and transitions it into a creature significant to us in that year. Then, he cleverly inserts a penny …
Christmas Tree Stump Carvings
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 …
Our Owl Mascot
Otis symbolizes many good memories of our kid’s elementary school. It was then, a small neighborhood school which was warm, diverse and caring, under the leadership of a terrific principal who greeted each child and parent every morning and at dismissal by name. An owl is still the school mascot. My husband carved this one …
Ok, this carving is quite ridiculous. It’s name is Snort Snort Brain. Yes, really. My husband agreed to share his Christmas tree stump carvings with our youngest’s first grade class. This prompted a brainstorm; why not ask the class to give a name to the most recent carving? My husband promised the class that whatever …
Brutus The Brave
This Christmas tree stump carving pays homage to the brave little salamander on loan from our eldest’s fifth grade classroom… Brutus was a popular class pet and in great demand, so students signed up for the honor of bringing the little guy home on weekends to salamander sit. Brutus spent one VERY LONG weekend …
In 1990 my husband befriended a squirrel who greeted him every evening after work. This little squirrel is commemorated here in this Christmas Tree stump carving. His name is Napoleon.
Gracie, celebrates Grace the second, a sweet, petite tabby. She passed on in 1989, and so she is remembered very fondly.
This Christmas tree carving honors a little starfish that fascinated our eldest, summer of 1988.
1987 Christmas Tree Stump
This is Greta, after Greta Garbo. The memory of our Christmas tree from 1987 lives on. Just like the memory of Greta.
Christmas Tree Carving
This is Geba Geba. A memorial to a snail that lived in our fish tank in 1986. One day he just disappeared. I think Diver Dan must have masterminded the plan and Miss Minerva went right along with it. These two goldfish grew in size significantly, especially after we realized that Geba Geba was no …
Christmas Tree Stump Carving
This is Robin the seahorse from our 1985 Christmas tree.
Christmas Tree Carvings
Marina is our 1984 Christmas tree stump carving.
Christmas Tree Penguin
This is Magellan, our Christmas tree stump carving from 1983.
Christmas Tree Rabbit
Because so many responded to my husband’s beautiful practice of Christmas tree stump carving, I’ve decided to post an image of one of his mini sculptures each week for all of the twenty-eight carvings in our collection. Above is the first, from 1982. This is Abbot the rabbit. The muse? The Velveteen Rabbit.