When was the last time you whittled? Maybe you never have. Whittling in the carving of wood pare shavings from a piece of wood. You do it with a knife. I’m thinking with a small knife and a small piece of wood. Sorry I can’t be more certain. You see it’s been decades since I’ve done it, this whittling business. I think maybe the last time was when I was six of seven.
We had some cousins on my mother’s side of the family. They lived on a big farm outside of Warsaw, Kentucky. Johnny Harper, the main guy there on the Harper Farm, liked to whittle. I would sometimes watch him and my grandfather out there on the Harper porch whittle away after a big Sunday dinner. Maybe it was relaxing to them.
I remember trying to get into it and to like it. I remember my grandfather handing me a small stick of wood with a pocket knife and showing me how to whittle—just slicing away at a small piece of wood. If the objective was to make something out of it, nobody ever did. We were just cutting away at sticks.
I didn’t see the point of it, just like you probably don’t see the point of this post, but maybe now, whether you wanted to or not, you know a little bit more about whittling. I’m here to educate.
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