Posted by: Michael Keller Woodcarving | April 19, 2009

An Old Farmer’s Woodcarving Advice

In Yesteryear, many a farmer passed spare time by doing some whittling or carving while sitting out on the back porch of the farmhouse.  Here is some great advice from one such farmer on woodcarving and life.  Enjoy!

* Keep your tools sharp.

* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

* A good carved bowl is a great place to keep your teeth at night.

* A yellow jacket is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

* Don’t leave your whittlin’ knife layin’ on the outhouse seat.

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

* Carvin’ proficiency don’t jes’ happen overnight.

* Forgive your enemies. Not only is it the best thing to do, it messes up their heads.

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you and is holdin’ a carving tool.

* It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

* Don’t make old carvers mad. We don’t like being old
in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to set us off.

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.

* Every carvin’ has a few challenges; accept them graciously.

* When your carvin’ an animal that bites, carve its teeth last.

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

* Don’t criticize other folks carvin’s.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

* Live a good, honorable life.  When you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

* Don’t leave your tools in the rain… less’n it’s a rain guage.

* Carvin’ has a lot to do with patience.

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
* Be generous with your carvin’ knowledge and don’t be offended if it isn’t taken.

* The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.”

* Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good carvin’ comes from practice and experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

* Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

* If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

* Don’t try to catch a knife that you drop.  Oh ya, move yur foot too!

* Be carveful. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

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