great at it and I asked him if he could show me how it was
Mel was here when I arrived, wood burner already hot
and the smell of smoking basswood was in the air. He was
adding hair to a chimpanzee carving. These are of a gorilla.
I settled into my spot, took out the bear and began to
pencil in some general lines that flowed in the directions that
I thought looked proper.
“Lines too short..make them a little longer…good…good. “
“He put it down on the table!” said someone..Use the
resting spot….That’s better…”
“Mel who Looked over now and then, said..”Take a
break…You’ll get tired..lose your concentration and it wouldn’t
be good to lose your concentration.”…I stopped, flexed my
hand and took a short break. I looked at the bear and it was
actually looking pretty good…
We ran out of time before the bare bear was covered
with hair burns.
Then I will as the wood burning mavens about painting
the bear vs just oiling the bear…I can hear them now;
“Oil is best..Use oil”…”Paint it.It’ll look great”…. “Paint it
and then oil it. That’s what I do.”…”Do what you want. It’s