February 19, 2016
Las Cruces, NM
This is the second day that I, Bonnie, have gone to witness the woodcarvers, a group of seniors who meet every Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 am till Noon. The description says "Free; join anytime"....and people do! It's a loose group of carvers, but there is always a teacher or veteran woodcarver there to get people started or answer questions.
My first experience was meeting David. With little introduction he gave me a walking stick and explained all the symbols which he had carved into it. When I offered to pay him, he refused saying, "If you offer me money, I will take it back; this is a gift. I love to carve, and I love to share."
My second experience was meeting with many carvers but especially spending time with Evelyn and Raul. Evelyn is the veteran; Raul the beginner. Their life stories are very different, but they meet here for their love of carving. Evelyn not only carves, but at home she has other artistic endeavors one of which is writing a biography entitled, Will He Make It To First Base? When I told her that I felt I had discovered a hidden treasure in this room, she said, “escondo”! The word, she explained, means “hidden”, and she goes by the moniker, Evelyn's Escando Art.
The Woodcarvers=a true hidden gem!
Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) are career professionals who are currently pursuing life-long interests in photography and digital imaging techniques, respectively.