re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

#48 Wood carving: Bufflao and things to discuss as you carve – 1

Carved buffalo

One of the neat things about wood carving is the opportunity to sit around and talk.  Hand carving can be a slow business.  Roughing out takes energy and planning.  Detailing takes time, thought and patience.  All stages give opportunity to sit back, reflect and to chat with those around you.

Buffalo bull

Stylized buffalo


So, what do you talk about?  This first post in a series is, like many carving conversations, just for fun.  Or, perhaps it will spark new thoughts, new directions for you.

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

Now there is a sentence. The grammar is correct, even the punctuation.  It means something  and makes sense.  It communicates an idea.  There is a diagram for it that even makes sense.  You have all 2011 to diagram this one. Or if you give up you can go to the web site provided below.

Buffalo, New York skyline

Buffalo, New York

Relief carving

American bison

The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.  Proverbs 15:4


2 responses

  1. John, I appreciate your 8-buffalo sentence, and I read the web page you provided to make sure I was understanding it correctly. But to me it just makes better sense to say, “Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.” I realize that doesn’t include the entire meaning of the original, but I think it’s much clearer, don’t you?

    Nice carvings too. :)

    January 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm

  2. Hi Mel, we had a great time discussing it at our family Christmas times. It took a while to talk the eight buffalo through to make sense of it all. I agree that five is easier, but then we miss that fact that those who have been buffaloed by buffaloers are in fact now buffaloing others – as is often the case in life – those who have been cheerfully greeted by cheerful greetings will then become cheerful greeters of others. (Or the negative will be he same) Christ calls us to be lights to the world because we have been given the light. May it be true of us. :)

    I also agree that the carvings are nice. Hoping I can do some nice ones like those in the future.

    January 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

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