Carving the Turkey

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Miriam Bentham

Friday, December 9, 2011

At this time of year, carving becomes even more of a useful skill than it normally is. The ability to create handmade and beautiful Christmas presents should never be underestimated. In our bruised-and beaten-economy, we are maxed-out and over-drawn up to our necks and thinking of what to buy our loved-ones can be a daunting prospect.

Joining the hoards of shoppers with tired children at a standstill, getting smacked in the knees by women carrying hundreds of bags is not how I like to spend my weekends and I"m sure you have better things to do too. So, how very special to be able to make something for someone you care about rather than spending your hard-earned money on some moulded plastic shaped into a heart by a six year old in Nepal. Practical and ethical!

I mentioned a while ago that I was eager to begin carving and now that I"ve acquired some basic tools; I"m going to start. My plan is to make some decorative Christmas stars from lime wood, so fingers crossed they go to plan. If they don"t I"ll just have to stick to carving the turkey instead.

I"d like to take the opportunity to urge everyone to make full use of the Forum, especially the gallery. It really is great to see what our readers have been up to, whether it"s a Woodcarving project or your own handiwork. If you have any Christmas presents you"ve carved this year, why not post them? It"s not too late!

Happy carving!

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