Monday, July 25, 2005

How Much Wood Could A Woodchuck Chuck...

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Wood carver Bill Chappelow is not only a lover of wood, he’s a lover of words.

The San Diego-based woodworker not only creates one-of-a-kind spoons, bowls and bookmarks, he gives them one-of-a-kind names such as the Extra Soft, Thick, Smelly Brie Knife and the No Seeds But a Few Stems Strawberry Jam Knife.

Chappelow has been woodshedding for more than 33 years and credits the wacky names for his crafts as part of his sense of humor and his love of “oxymorons and contrasts.”

The woodworking wordsmith starts with a big piece of wood and whittles it down making as many pieces as he can in the process.

His smallest item is a chip of applewood titled, An Instruction Booklet On How To Play The Guitar With Your Bookmark Bookmark.

Chappelow says, “It’s so tiny” that it looks like a guitar pick.

Some of Chappelow’s name game associations are not always so obvious. For instance, he named one bookmark, How Not To Milk A Water Buffalo because, in his words, “That’s what I happened to be thinking at the time.”

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