My Uncle Charles Hamer, "Unc", has a very special talent that I don't quite know how to describe. He can spot a treasure in the rough from great distances, but when you want him to see something, like a power tool carelessly left on the kitchen table, he just can't see it! We talked about this a little in this blog post.
So, here I am editing photos of some of Unc's Hidden Treasure Discoveries with my left hand, while watching Baby's Day Out (1994). That is such a magical movie. We MUST buy it on DVD! Strangely enough, it is not giving me baby fever.
Sweet, thoughtful Gordon changed the sheets on the bed after lunch and would not let me do anything to help. Then he put me in my own version of a wifey playpen...the oversized bed tray with laptop computer, television remote, couple of telephones and my cell phone. To make sure I could not crawl out of my playpen, he called the Westies up on the bed to lay around me, on top of my blankie. See? There would be no way I could extricate myself from this bed while Gordon ran to town to pick up medicine and a couple of items Mama needed.
That is ok, the movie is keeping me tucked securely in this bed this afternoon! Fred Thompson, playing an FBI agent just told his driver, "McClusky, radio the other cars that we are turning around to go to the Tic Tock and get the Boo Boo." ROFLOL
It has been 14 years since this movie came out. I wonder what the little tyke looks like now and if he is still in movies. The kid had an amazing repertoire of expressions!
"You're surrounded," Fred Thompson just called out on his megaphone, "Throw down the Boo Boo (book) and come out with your hands up."
What can I say? Pain meds make me easy to entertain, I guess.
What is burl, I hear you asking? Well, it is a wart like growth on a tree, usually around the roots or base of the tree. Burl inlay in furniture is highly prize and expensive. Burl veneer is, as far as I can understand, cut in a long paper thin sheet around and around the wood wart (burl). Think curly fries.
Then that veneer is painstakingly glued to the surface of the furniture, lending its extraordinary pattern to the furniture. I saw a picture of an antique bed recently that reminded me of the burl veneer set my friend Eloise had, handed down through the generations. If I can find that picture again, I will come back and post it here.
This burl that Unc found at the base of a Sweet Gum tree, was attached in just two places. The third picture shows where the tree was attached to the burl outgrowth.
Unc saw a turtle in this knobby growth. A few slices of his pocket knife, and a turtle magically emerged!
Jenna Z and I had a fun email conversation about turtles recently when I was blogging about Unc's trot line catching some turtles. Her mom takes in turtles and feeds them in the pond on their farm. The rescued turtles apparently won't stay for the free meals. Hey, Jenna, you will have to be on the lookout for a burl bump that would make a nice turtle!
The second burl treasure Unc has saved recently looks something like a little mole or vole. If Unc carved down the tail part and shortened the legs, it would be a dead ringer. From another angle, it looks rather like a sea lion sunning itself.
If the cherry wood my uncle gave me to start carving my dough bowl at the first of the year was tough to carve, imagine how hard burl wood would be! I can see why those boys didn't finish their own burl bowl!
Considering I can barely lift a pencil with my right arm, it may be a while before I can lift a hammer to finish carving out my dough bowl. Unc MUST have thought it would be funny to see me struggle with hard maple for my first dough bowl!
One of those dough bowls in the article fetched more than $100,000 at auction.