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 […]

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 […]

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.