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First Fish

9 Mar

First Fish

The first carving I ever made as an 11 year old school boy

I am often asked how I started as a woodworker. The simple answer is I have made things from wood for as long as I can remember, but the first serious carving I did was inspired by my Woodwork Teacher, Mr. Poulson. A quietly spoken educationist who drew this fish carving out of me over a number of weeks in 1969 when I was about 11 years old. I drew a fish turning in water to catch a minnow and just kept carving away at a lump of spare mahogany until this emerged. Mr Poulson was particularly insistent that I work the dorsal fin until it was really thin. He never gave an A for a piece of woodwork (A- was the top mark), but he gave me an A for this. Lovely, lovely man, I think of him every time I sharpen a chisel, pick up a set square or use a marking knife – he lives in my bones.

2 Responses to “First Fish”

  1. June Burke March 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    How lovely that you’ve still got this and it’s true that a truly inspirational teacher changes your life.

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