Last spring the carving group that I carve with asked me to facilitate an event. They would “help” but did not want to be in charge.
It was a one hour program that should appeal to young potential carvers ages 8 and older. It was part of an Art and Design Summer program sponsored by the Library.
Carving as art is hard to teach to a group of wiggly giggly kids.
We decided to have a display and let them see what we had carved out of wood and to let them carve Ivory soap.
I collected patterns, soap and fashioned some tools that would work to carve soap. A whole package of plastic silverware was modified. Parts were cut off and smoothed out to make various knives, scoops and pointy cutters. Far Guy buffed them all so the edges were not overly sharp…they would really have to work at it to draw blood.
20 kids signed up and 17 showed up. Good thing I had many helpers.
This little girl carved a canoe.
And the star pupil of the day carved a snow bunny! He asked me to take his photo with his carvings and his carving tools.
I covered their work spaces with wax paper, one little boy kept moving down the table to a clean spot. Another little boy told me he was an artist and could do a complicated carving and he would need no help from me. ( He was a turd.)
The girls carved hearts, flowers and lady bugs. The boys mostly turtles and the snow bunny and a dog/whale/fish…it kept changing.
Most of the adult carvers made the rounds encouraging and offering assistance and they all helped me clean up…cause there was soap pretty much everywhere.
It was a good afternoon.
Dr Bill brought a First Aid Kit just in case, he also offered to give them real knives…which I kindly declined.