One hundred years ago today on March 5th, 1921, my dad was born in Comstock Park, Michigan. It is very fitting that my dad is featured in my Friday Funnies as one of his best features was his great sense of humor. My dad also had a hobby of wood carving, and he made a number of carvings in his early retirement years. My Friday Funnies is a picture of wood carving he made of and for his brother, my Uncle Harold.
Please note: While I do have some of my dad’s wood carvings, this post just features pictures of these carvings. I don’t have all these carvings, simply a photo book with pictures of them all. And I am very glad to have that.
My dad always wanted to visit Alaska. He never made it, but he did bring Alaska to some of his carvings. The totem pole below was in our backyard for years. I know my dad researched totem poles before he made it, but I don’t remember any of the symbolism. I do remember our yard was filled with flowers and landscaping designed and maintained by my dad. People often stopped to admire and to compliment.
Growing up, we often visited parks and went hiking. Here are more of his carvings inspired by his love of nature.
My dad worked hard to support our family of six children. I was glad he lived long enough to see his grandchildren, including my daughter, Talia, who is about three years old in the picture below. Along with her are a couple of toys he carved for her.