Woodcarver to visit Hayden library Friday | SteamboatToday.com

Woodcarver to visit Hayden library Friday

— Michael Bishop, of Mack, his wife and large family of five college students and four homeschooled children live on 18 acres using wind and solar power only.

He began carving wood mostly because he found wood on his property he liked and had some time during his working hours while he waited to drive the U.S. Postal Service mail truck on his route around the state.

The Hayden Library has been displaying Bishop’s work for a week and will continue having his carvings on display until March 10. On Friday at noon, Bishop will be on hand to meet people interested in the process of carving walking sticks and will demonstrate some of his techniques.

All ages are welcome to stop by and meet Bishop, or even purchase their very own walking stick.

Bishop enjoyed being outdoors with his family, camping and gathering wood for fires. One day he began a simple project — or so he thought. It turned out to encompass a year and a half of carving to create a wooden ball carved inside four posts — all one piece

From this experience of carving, he started creating walking sticks. Because his job entails driving the mail truck and waiting for the post office to close, he spends some of his wait time carving.

He has carved and finished over 60 sticks, using different types of wood found mostly on the Grand Mesa and in the area in which he lives. He has carved mountain mahogany, service berry, pine, aspen, tamarack, cottonwood, cedar and more.

Each stick has a unique “personality” and style. Bishop also carves the tops of some of his special sticks into things like R2D2, a Jack-O-Lantern, his own sports car and other really neat toppers. He said he often sees a branch lying on the side of the road and stops because he recognizes its potential as a future walking stick.

Bishop uses a wide variety of tools, mostly hand ones, but recently his family gave him a cordless Dremel set for Christmas, and he has experimented with it. He said that every tree is different and beautiful — “soulful.”

Ana Lash is the librarian at the Hayden Library

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