A Cheese grater - A CRAFTER'S TOOL - PART 1 -
Tch, tch, tch. That was an odd noise. And it was coming from outside the front of the shop. My curious nature got the best of me, and I scurried out there to explore – and stopped short. How could I have forgotten?
Ron Taylor, our guest artist for the first outdoor market in downtown Holland, was towering above a sea of reclaimed driftwood art pieces he created. Ron had set-up his birdhouses hours earlier. Inside the shop, a parade of summer customers, a phone ringing, a truck deliver, and other this and that had distracted me, and I had forgotten all about Ron tucked around the corner outside.
He beamed a breezy smile as he whittled away.
“What are you up to?” I asked.
“Just roughing up the edges,” he said.
“With that?” I asked, surprise taking over my voice.
Ron was cradling a wood star that fit in the palm of his husky hand. He was shaving slivers of timber . . . with a cheese grater!
“It’s the perfect tool to scuff the wood,” he said, taking another swipe at the hand-carved star and then attaching the star to a beach-gathered driftwood stick. “It’s what gives this Wish-Stick it’s magic,” he boomed a hearty laugh that had strolling customers smiling.
Who doesn't want to wave a bit of magic, every day?