A couple of months back I began carving the handle of one of my spoons into a whale. I don't know what possessed me to do this as it was a perfectly good spoon, but carve I did and it looked terrible. I took the spoon and placed it in a bookcase and forgot about it. I found it last night and decided to finish it.
And here is it's world-wide premier:
While I was working on it outside today a couple of neighbor kids rode up on their bikes and asked, reasonably, what I was doing. I pointed out all the features included the teeth on the face of the whale and one of the kids said "Whales don't have teeth," whereupon I answered, "Minnesota whales do." The kid looked at me like I'm completely stupid and rode off. Smart alec. And this one is anatomically correct too: it has a blow hole drilled into the top of it's head so I can thread a leather tie through it so I can hang it in my kitchen.
Sigh...my kitchen...home of crappy spoons...
And while I was carving it's eye I slipped and yes, I've carved my left thumb:
Since I obviously shouldn't be allowed near sharp things, it's time to call it a day.
My next project does involve wood but no carving this time I promise! I'm going to be making a Finnish kantele, which is a small lap harp. As soon as I get the energy to go and read the instructions, I'll make it. In the mean time I'm going to enjoy this wonderful Minnesota weather and think about all the whales here who carve spoons that have people on the handle.
See you soon,