When it is peaceful and quiet, using the knife will not break the tranquility. Sometimes there will be other things to listen to, such as conversation, music, the singing of the birds or wind rushing through the leaves. Indeed, sometimes you will listen to the actual quietness around you when you carve.
— Wille Sundqvist, Swedish Carving Techniques (1990)
Carving spoons with my son, Noah, a couple days ago. Sometimes it’s nice to listen to quietness together. And any conversation is eased by the carving. It rises up naturally like a shaving from a knife.
Wishing you all a peaceful new year full of chips and shavings.
P.S. — I’ll wrap up 2019 with my humble attempt at a couplet inspired by the photo of Noah and me and the passage of the years. (“Ba Ba Ba, Ba Ba Ba, Ba – Ba – Ba”):
Once I had curly hair just like that.
Years went by leaving me just this hat.