One of my favorite sayings to Judy includes the words, “When we get old”. For instance, I will say, “When we get old I would like to fish more”. And her reply is always, “We are old!”
Last week was one of those “when we get old” weeks and I was thinking about doing some wood carving and it brought back some fond memories. About 25 years ago, when I was living in Athens, GA, I used to participate in a woodcarving group. Once a week, some elderly gentlemen and I would gather in someone’s basement and carve wood for a couple of hours. I was at least 20 years younger than the youngest man in the group. There wasn’t much conversation, just a bunch of older men and me, hanging out, playing with very sharp knives and trying not to cut ourselves badly enough to warrant a trip to the hospital. At the time, I thought some of the get togethers were a bit boring, but now, as I look back, I would really like to be participating once again. Isn’t it funny how things that once were boring look differently when life begins to slow down a bit? Anyway, I stopped going to the gatherings because I move from the area and we don’t have a similar group where we currently live. Now, when we are thinking about moving, I always look to see if there is an active woodcarvers or woodturners group in the potential area.
I have been looking for some of my old carving tools but I also have been looking at maybe adding a couple of more. Nothing expensive, mind you, just a couple of functional knives. I was looking at Youtube videos for some ideas and ran across someone who uses an older style fixed blade utility knife and another person who uses an old reshaped filet knife. This gave me a couple of things to look for if I ever get to go to a flea market again (right Judy?). Woodcarving is like any other hobby. One can spend a lot getting ready to make something or one can spend the time improving the skill with the tools one has on hand. For me, repurposing old or different tools to work is part of the fun.
Just something to think about for a time, “when we get old” and wives need more space!