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I think y'all're gonna find that I'm more of a zen type whittler. After being stationed in Japan for 2 yrs and being around sword makers and woodworkers and gardeners( Japanese gardens are works of art themseves) and Bonsai makers, etc I believe all things has it's own energy, especially wood. I go out in the woods and find saplings and branches that all have a story to tell about how it came to being. My job is to bring that story out. The same goes with knots. Sometimes, I choose a stick because of the knots.

I've found that some knot's story is inside the knot and some knots story is outside the knot. I see some knots where something has lived inside of it and has carved out quite the bungalow. I leave those knots alone. Other knots, the more interesting story is underneath, so i whittle it away, to reveal the "old man underneath",,,,,,most times a real nice birds eye of a ciontrasting color in the wood, some times a very interesting figure.
 
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