Friday, February 22, 2008

A Twig Rooster

For today's Show & Tell I "brought" this fun little rooster that Granddaddy carved for me from a twig in the fall of 1994. We had gone camping at Beaver Lake in northwestern Arkansas, not too far from where my parents and grandparents lived. We invited them to come up and have supper with us one evening at the campground. They were delighted to do that. My parents were completely occupied playing with and entertaining our 2-year-old daughter who was their only grandchild at the time. Grandmother and Granddaddy were happy to sit around the fire and "visit". Grandmother had brought along her crocheting, and Granddaddy had his pocket knife. He wandered around the campground a little while looking for just the right twig and this interesting piece of driftwood, before he settled down to whittle. This cunning little rooster is what emerged from the twig by the time the evening was over. He mounted it on the driftwood and presented it to me with instructions on how to varnish it. Granddaddy made many beautiful much-more-elaborate woodcarvings over the years, but I treasure this little rooster he whittled that evening at our campsite because it's the one he made for me!
Show and Tell

18 comments:

Lori Stilger said...

What a wonderful treasure. Such a special evening to remember whenever you look at your little rooster. Thanks so much for sharing!
Have a blessed day! :)

jennifer said...

A treasure! Irreplacable! Jennifer

The Going Blog said...

That's a cute little rooster. I love the story that goes along with it. Things mean so much more to us once we realize that we won't be geting anything else from that loved one. I've been going through a picture box from my Grandparents and having a ball and cherishing each one because they are the last :)

Penless Thoughts said...

What a nice treasure of a special time, and person. Love the picture of them.
Susan

Farrah said...

That's a wonderful story and a wonderful keepsake, Karla! Thank you for sharing!

Constance said...

OH wow, I love that story accompanying your pictures! What a treasure! Love it!
Connie

It's All Good! said...

Those are the best treasures aren't they? Nice talent. Have a great weekend.

A Romantic Porch said...

Karla, So touching. I'm glad you have those memories. Love,Rachel

gramma jeannie said...

I just found your blog and I was very touch and even a bit teary eyed by the rooster...How lucky you are to have such a gift and memory from your granfather...I love things made out of driftwood or any wood for that matter...I also collect roosters so this really attracted me...It is very wonderful...Thank you for sharing it..Hugs Gramma Jeannie in Ohio

Hope said...

Karla, I love that little rooster and the story that goes along with it. What treasures! What a sweet little couple they are! Priceless!

Hugs,
Hope

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Now that is a cute little rooster! Such a treasure since your grandfather made it for you!

Katherine
Who forgot Show and Tell today!

Martie said...

What unique talent your grandfather had! Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
~Martie

Jewelgirl said...

I haven't seen anything made
with driftwood for years.
My mom always had a driftwood
centerpiece with decorations
on it! Love the rooster, lovely
memories best of all!

Joyce said...

What a great memory and thanks for sharing that with us. I can't believe you still have it and it hasn't broken or gotten lost or something. Great treasure!
Joyce

mistyeiz said...

that's is sucha priceless pressie!! carved with love too. :)

Carrie said...

A darling bit of whimsy, and so nice that it was a gift from a loved one.

Kelli said...

Wonderful show and tell, Karla! The little rooster is a sweet treasure and I loved hearing your memories too!
Hugs,
Kelli

Cheryl said...

What a great piece of folk-art your grandfather made for you!