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« on: February 13, 2009 04:26:03 PM »

My Dad started carving these during an attempt to quit smoking. He said it was a good way to keep his hands busy and his mind off smoking Smiley They are carved out of leftover pine and spruce lumber and were inspired by the wild animals we saw all the time back home in Alaska (all but the penguins).
Unfortunately he went back to smoking and passed away from lung cancer Jan 13th of this year.  Cry His carvings are some of his belongings that I inherited so I thought I'd post them here since I've heard a lot of complaints that there aren't enough wood crafts on Craftster Smiley

Beluga Whale Mother and Calf

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Alaska Native with Kayak and Harpoon - the harpoon tip is carved from copper

Penguin and Baby

« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2009 04:41:13 PM »

So sorry to hear of your dad passing. Sad I love the carvings, every single one, but the beluga whale is my favorite. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2009 04:44:06 PM »

Oh my gosh, those are beautiful.

I'm sorry about your dad.  He did some great work.  You must be proud of your inheritance.

I love all of them.

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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2009 04:45:24 PM »

So sorry to hear about your dad, those are beautiful and something of his that you will have always.
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2009 05:04:42 PM »

Sorry to hear that your Dad looks like a nice man, the carvings are beautiful.


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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2009 05:36:18 PM »

I'm sorry for your loss. I am sure you will cherish these forever! They are absolutely beautiful!

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sorry to hear.
these are beautiful, I'll bet they reflect your father's personality well.
I especially like that seal!
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2009 06:22:49 PM »

*hugs* I'm so sorry to hear about you loss.  He did a wonderful job in carving these.  They show alot of life and heart.  Beautiful work.  My favs (besides all of them) have to be the penguin and the beluga whale and calf. 

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2009 11:19:47 PM »

I'm so sorry to hear about your father.  He left you with beautiful pieces of art.  They are simply wonderful.  My dad did the same thing when he stopped smoking but he did bowls and plates type stuff.  Something wonderful to remember him by.  Thank you for sharing this with us.
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2009 07:55:49 AM »

What a bittersweet memory.  These are lovely.  Your father must have been a very neat person.  My hubby's dad did 1 carving with a kit that we gave him for Christmas.  His donkey/horse is a bit odd, but we love looking at it and remembering him.  I'm sure you do the same.  Take care.

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