Now that I am no longer able to carve, I have time to think about some of my carvings, sticks and tools among other things. Here are some things I would change.
- I would not have saved my best sticks for last, waiting for the time when I felt my carving skills would do justice to the stick. Some of my best carving was done on mediocre sticks. I often wonder what I could have produced had I used great sticks to begin with.
- I would have invested in a select few quality tools rather than the inferior mishmash I have accumulated over the years. The time I would have saved re grinding and sharpening would have given me a lot more time carving. It would have given me more room in my tool chest as well.
- I would have given away more sticks and canes. I have an abundance of finished walking sticks, canes, and, quite a few sticks in progress or not worked on at all. It's not too late to do something about it at this point. In fact, my wife transferred to a different department six months ago and she really likes her boss. I am going to give him and his young son walking sticks. Since they are both works in progress, I will have to think about how I am going to get them finished. One just needs to be sanded and a finisher applied. The other one is a stick with a topper of a coyote. It still needs to have some detail carving done and a finish applied.
- I would have been more selective with some of the sticks I harvested and kept.