This is Bert. I met him in Kentucky a month ago. As we were talking to him he mentioned that he had something to show to us. He then walked us through several different rooms of his house pointing out things that he had whittled and carved and painted. One of my favorites (which I didn’t get a picture of) was a purple pen with something on top and little plastic wings glued to it. I looked at it and thought, “Is that a one-eyed flying purple people eater? Surely its not!”. Bert held it up and asked “What do you think this is?”. Slowly I answered, not wanting to offend him it was something else… but I was right, hahaha. What a great sense of humor he has. He also had a carved rattle snake that was coiled up as if ready to strike, tucked away in a shadowy corner. He told me it has actually scared people before.
These aren’t the knives he uses to carve with, these are decorative ones that he carved the handles for and painted on the blades.
Lately he has been making a lot of canes, mostly for friends. This wacky-face one was my favorite.
He explained this cane to me in detail but since I’m not a huge Kentucky basketball fan I don’t remember everything he said. I believe he said that he has actually made two of them because someone else saw it and wanted one really badly.
The collection of bird figures were so classic and perfect.
Each of these matchbox-sized cars was carved out of that one stick.
This is his front porch where he keeps all of his sticks until he’s ready to carve them. He finds all of them in the mountains himself. That is also the knife that he uses to carve everything.
This day was truly a highlight of my time in Kentucky. If I lived any closer I would love to go back and visit Bert again and even photograph more of his carving process. One of the things I regret is not getting an audio recording of him passionately describing it all.
I’m looking forward to doing more projects like this in the future. If you know anyone who has an interesting hobby or profession let me know! Thanks for reading and looking at this. Leave a comment if you enjoyed it!
The first day we were in Kentucky we went to Dewey Dam to hang out a little. I had fun taking a few shots and basking in the perfect weather. I also asked these guys that were fishing if I could take some snapshots of them. Let me tell you this- asking people if you can take a picture in English is much more daunting than trying to ask in German. I actually had a great conversation with the guy fishing in the very last picture. He shared his viewpoint on the coal industry in the region as well as the health disparities in Appalachia. It was really nice to have his observations in my mind during the rest of the week as we heard many different sides.
These pictures were all shot with my Bronica Sq-Ai with Fuji Reala 100.
Meet Alyssa. Just another one of my roommates to blog about. (New requirement: if you want photos of yourself to show up on my blog you need to first room with me at some point, ha!). I was about to say that I’ve blogged about all of my roommates but then I remembered that I have 5 roommates in Germany!
Back to Alyssa. She is the gosh-darn most driven woman ever. And the number of internships she’s had? Like 20? In 5 different fields? This summer she’s doing a design internship with Anthropologie. Holla! Sometimes I worry that I’m pushing myself to do too much too young… and then I remember Alyssa and I get back off my butt again. Also, I’m not that much of a coffee drinker… but those chai latte whatever things were amazing.
Meet Daisy! I don’t really know where to start with introducing her because there’s so much to her! Daisy was my roommate freshman year of college so we got to see each other through all the changes that come with that. She has changed her major about three times since then but currently she is majoring in Japanese (as well as Writing, I think) and she’s studying abroad in Japan this semester! Daisy has a beautiful heart for the Lord and missions and hopes to be a missionary there some day as well. I took these pictures of her in January while we both happened to be in the same country for a bit. The little cafe/shop at the end is one that Daisy always went to to get ice cream when she was little. I loved the colors and the chalkboard. I took a few pictures of her on my toy camera as well but I have yet to get that film developed so keep posted!