Christmas Past and Present

  *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 […]

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 […]

Snort

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 […]

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 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.