Posts from the ‘Food & Fun’ Category

*Roll Over Bethoven by Chuck Berry

Yes, the ol’ Carvingmeister is in a Rock n’ Roll mood this morning

Rock-on! Bill


Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3


*Happy Thanksgiving from Das Hamonhaus

Happy Thanksgiving from Das Hamonhaus. We and our family have been gathering for this day since our births. June and I have done so together for more than half-a-century. We’ve been blessed to have you and all of our woodcarving friends with us for nearly a quarter of a century.  Today, we’ll gather with family and extended family for the traditional gathering and feasting. Our “Winter Hiatus” is now “Official” and we’re focused more on each other, family and friends. Remember to thank God for his everlasting goodness towards us.

Happy birding and carving, Bill & June
Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

* A Congress of What?

As you may remember, our blog’s “motto” on our Homepage is:

“Birds of a Feather Flock Together”

In the spirit of expanding our knowledge on this theme, consider the following wonderfully

anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals. We are all familiar with a:

Herd of cows,

a Flock of chickens,

a School of fish

and a Gaggle of geese.

However, less widely known is:
a Murder of crows

(as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens),

an Exaltation of doves

and, presumably because they look so wise:

a Parliament of owls.

Now consider a group of Baboons.
They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious,
most viciously aggressive
and least intelligent of all primates.
And what is the proper collective noun for a
group of baboons?

Believe it or not ……. a Congress!


I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington !

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Go green – Recycle Congress in 2012 !!!

Happy birding and carving,   Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

*Home Again!

don-yvonne-in-naplesThanks to our hosts Don & Yvonne (photo on left) in Florida, for their hospitality and friendship. They’re “Snowbirds” and will eventually find their way home too. So, now to get ready for the up-coming woodcarving season. “Is woodcarving seasonal?” you might ask! Well, we look at it that way. Helps to keep it fresh that way. Also, helps to not have to heat the garage/shop during the cold-blasts of winter. Today is our second day back home from Florida. I did complete the last touches on three of the twelve American Avocet Shorebird decoys today and will move on to something else.  June, der Paintmeister, will take over from me  and complete the paint-job on them. I’ve previously mentioned somewhere in this blog that these came into being, a new species annually, as donations for the several “Carver’s Banquets” we attend at the shows all year (5). Each year since commencing this practice, we keep one of the twelve for our own collection; this will be the fourth year. We haven’t thus far come to the point of donating one of our more detailed (expensive?) bird-carvings. We do get a kick however to see a woodcarver win them at each show as a door-prize.  I wonder what shorebird species we’ll do for 2010.

Happy birding and carving,  Bill


* What’s This “German” Stuff All About, Anyway?

The Hamonhaus Artmeisters

Vell, We are from Zinzinnati! Vas you effer in Zinzinnati? Oh yah; we know that you know it as “Cincinnati”  but, I am German and raised by my German father and German grand-parents. Mom was French and died when I was 4. As you may not know, Cincinnati was a largely German town, filled with immigrants from Germany. As a child and until I left home for the Marine Corps, I grew-up hearing German phrases and eating German food. Even the store merchants were mostly German in our neighborhood. Prior to WWII, German was spoken freely and frequently in our home. The war changed all of that; except for the food. “Fast-Forward” some 30-40 years and I became a new woodcarver, learning from a German Woodcarver and his wife. Well, Bob Wening is now long-gone, as is his wife Evelyn. Guess what? now and for the duration, I’m sorta the Ol’ German Woodcarver my-own-self. Wife  June (she’s English) is by my side, teaching the painting as Evelyn used to do for Herr Bob and coping with my stubborn German/U.S.Marine disposition. So, wherever we abide, it’s “das Hamonhaus”! From this  Ol’ Carvingmeister to you,

Happy birding and carving,  Bill


*Still in Florida!

Well, if we were to start the drive home today, this would go down as a very good trip. Staying with our oldest friends (ever) is always great. Today is the “beach”. Yesterday was the Bonitas Fairways Golf Course with my “new golfer”  friend Don. He did very well, achieving several “personal bests”.  We will be back there Thursday morning for more of the same. Weather is excellent and we are getting some sun. June’s nearly “pink” by now. Not much to add at this point but can assure everyone we’re eating well and mellowing out. My thoughts are on our return and getting on to my preparations for the Miami Valley Woodcarver’s Show , the first weekend of March. That’s our annual kick-off for our new carving/teaching and Carving Shows season. I’ll be a judge of the competition at this show, along with two other judges. I’m sure this will be an interesting and challenging  new experience for me.  Unfortunately, our new Bald Eagle carving will not be eligible for the competition for obvious reasons.  Maybe, next year; maybe not!  When we get home next week, I’ll have to complete the final stages of carving the twelve Shorebird Stick Decoys (American Avocets) to pass-on to “the paint department”, which I affectionately sometimes refer to my wife June as. They (at least three of them) will be painted. One (actually, #1) will go into our home’s built-in curio as a new addition to our own shorebird stick-decoy collection. Two will go with us to the Middletown, OH show. One of those two, will be donated to the Carver’s Banquet as a door-prize at the  carver’s banquet. We get a kick out of a carver recieving one of these at each banquet we attend. Our 4th year in this series to do this. The previous three years included the Killdeer, the Golden Plover and the Sanderling. If “you” happened to be a lucky recipient of on the these, please respond with a comment below and mention your name and the # of your piece which is on the bottom of the base. See some of you soon. Now, to get to the beach. 

Happy birding and carving,  Bill

*In Florida Again!

It’s neat to be here again. Perfect weather, food and friends; not necessarily in that order. Great trip down on Wednesday, all the way from Centerville to Jasper, FL. Next day, arrived at our destination in N. Naples. On the way home, we’ll possibly stop-overnite in Bradenton, FL. for some more golf with other friends.  Hit some golf  balls yesterday marking my first effort at that for 2009. It was only at a driving range but, all went better than expected.  Maybe, it’ll be lunch at the pool today; maybe not. Our Tee Time this Monday is set and the course is beautiful.  Who cares, we’re in Fl. Noticed high volume on this blog’s hit-counter yesterday. Maybe we’ll find out that you enrolled in our Spring Classes when I get home to check the mail. Hope so. Stay warm,  Bill

Happy birding and carving, Bill

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