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Papa’s Workshop: Name Edition

January 25, 2022

I’ve spent the past week talking about the gifts I made in my workshop. I made cedar chests for some kids. I made an airplane for my grandson. I made toys for other kids.

I also made gifts for adult family and friends.

I guess it qualifies as art. I don’t think of it that way. I take 3/4″ boards and cut (carve?) them into names. The names are designed to either sit on a shelf or hang on a wall.

In previous years, I made them for my brother

My lovely wife

My married children

And my friend Archangel.

This year I made them for another brother (Bliss,) My dear mother and step-father, (Nelson,) my birth father (Keeney,) my daughter (Ruth) and my friend (Toad, yes that is his real name.)

Are they art? I don’t know. But, the people I give them to seem to appreciate them. And art or not, we all do what we can.

Overall, despite some serious setbacks, it was a good Christmas.

Stay safe

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. Order Miscellany II, an anthology including his latest short story, “The Mercy System” here

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