Wishes for a Peaceful New Year

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When it is peaceful and quiet, using the knife will not break the tranquility.  Sometimes there will be other things to listen to, such as conversation, music, the singing of the birds or wind rushing through the leaves.  Indeed, sometimes you will listen to the actual quietness around you when you carve.

— Wille Sundqvist, Swedish Carving Techniques (1990)

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Carving spoons with my son, Noah, a couple days ago.  Sometimes it’s nice to listen to quietness together.  And any conversation is eased by the carving.  It rises up naturally like a shaving from a knife.

Wishing you all a peaceful new year full of chips and shavings.

P.S. — I’ll wrap up 2019 with my humble attempt at a couplet inspired by the photo of Noah and me and the passage of the years.  (“Ba Ba Ba, Ba Ba Ba, Ba – Ba – Ba”):

Once I had curly hair just like that.

Years went by leaving me just this hat.

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16 Responses to Wishes for a Peaceful New Year

  1. francedozois says:

    perfect–Happy New Year

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  2. jbreiby says:

    Have a Happy New Year, Dave! I’m impressed with your son, carving two spoons at once!

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  3. Scott Kinsey says:

    Tunes and spoons and all good cheer
    A wish for ye and the coming year.

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  4. Barry Gordon says:

    Dave, All very nice, Wille’s and yours. We have a long way to go to achieve anything peaceful but, in the meantime, we can find our temporary refuges (such as you carving with Noah). And we can advocate…and hope. Best wishes, Barry

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  5. Charles Flowers says:

    Thank you for all that you do Dave! Grateful to have people like you in this world. Wishing all the best to you and yours this next year, and every year after.
    All the best,
    Charlie Flowers

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  6. maydanlex says:

    Ahhh youth. How fleeting it is! Enjoy the New Year.

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  7. sorornishi says:

    All good wishes….and another two lines for your poem…

    “Couldn’t swap a young head for mine
    cos’ mine’s matured like a fine old wine.”

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  8. Sam Glenn says:

    You’ve inspired your readers more than you know. Thanks for sharing your wisdom
    Over the 2019 year. Peace starts with us..To you & your family, best wishes for 2020.
    Sam Glenn
    SC

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  9. Henry Mizrahi says:

    *Once I had curly hair just like that.*

    *Years went by leaving me just this hat.*

    *But still its nice carving with him and having a chat.*

    *☺*

    David Fisher, Carving Explorations , 31 Ara 2019 Sal, 22:20 tarihinde şunu yazdı:

    > Dave Fisher posted: ” When it is peaceful and quiet, using the knife will > not break the tranquility. Sometimes there will be other things to listen > to, such as conversation, music, the singing of the birds or wind rushing > through the leaves. Indeed, sometimes you will liste” >

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