My Dad’s carvings

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Prize Winner My Dad had loads of hobbies. He was good at just about anything he tried to do, be it fixing watches and clocks, building furniture, creating beautiful jewelry … or carving.  He carved many different figurines, but he mostly carved Santas.

Backstory:  My Dad did most of his carving back in the 1990s.  He even won a prize for one of his Santas which, unbeknownst to him, had been entered in a carving contest in Beria, KY by his former carving buddy.  Dad’s Santa won first prize!  (He carved one just like it for me, too–you can see it on the right.)

I don’t know why he carved so many of these little tree ornaments–bored, I guess.  But he did. The little guys below are the original 20 I’ve been hanging on my tree for the past 10-15 years.

Original Santas

The one in the top right hand corner is one I asked him to make.  You see, I bought something similar at a yard sale for a quarter, and I wasn’t sure where it was made or by whom.  Someone in China?  Some craftsman (or woman) here in the states?  It was real, hand carved and painted, but it didn’t hold any meaning for me.  So I asked Dad to make one for me and it would be special because HE carved it.  He did, and it was.  (Look at the detail on it below.)

Carved from

After my Dad passed away in the fall of 2009, I found quite a number of carvings he hadn’t finished, and bunch that he had but just never got around to giving away.  They’re mine now!

13 new santas
I love the fact that, while they may look alike, they’re all actually quite unique.  Look at the eyes and noses on these little guys, and how different their beards look.

5 santas

I always looked forward to Christmas and getting something wonderful my Dad would make, be it a carving or a lovely piece of furniture.  I’m so sad that’ll never happen again, but I have so many wonderful items that he made — and he always made them with love.

How about you–what do you have that is terribly special because someone made it for you with love in their heart?

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