I've Got Dibs! (dibbers, that is)

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Project by justjoel posted 01-20-2013 04:18 PM 3341 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After all the enthusiasm over my original Digital Dibber (, I decided to carve a few more; it’s only taken me nearly two years to get to it. But I got Busy to help me some and we hacked out four new ones in two weeks.

The original is the one on the far left in picture #1 (the one with the dirty fingernail) – that one, and the new one that looks basically the same, are modeled after my own, most-used digit, of course.

“Going In Green”

“The Earl”
The wood used for this one came from some tree/shrub thing that was being pulled out of my wife’s grandparents’ yard in Anderson, California, after a larger tree fell on it during a storm about ten years ago (“wife to justjoel, “you saved a stick for 10 years? Justjoel to wife, “No, I saved this stick for ten years.”) Grandpa Earl (a fantastic gardener himself) called it “teakwood,” but I doubt it is related to the tropical wood we know by that name. However, it is a bit darker, very fine grained, cured well, and was a pleasure to carve. It was my initial plan to carve a cane out of it for Earl, but I never got to it before he left us.

“Lady Finger”
My practice painting of the French nails (pic#3) turned out better that the actual, I think, but I still like the elegant, slender, well manicured look of this one. Carved from the handle of a re-purposed bar-b-que fork, I was pleased how the handle of the dibber looks vaguely lipstick or mascara tube-ish. I don’t have a leather tie on this one yet as I don’t have the right beads for it, but I know where to get them.

“The Carrot Shtick”
As most normal dibbers are shaped like this, I thought I’d add a bit of fun and encouragement for the dirt by using something that eventually comes out of the ground by… well, you get the idea, I’m sure (ba-dum, tchsshh).

Most of these are mainly meant to use for planting seeds and small starts, they aren’t heavy-duty enough for anything much bigger, but I have plans to carve some larger ones as well, all with a bit of whimsy, of course. I’m working on another carrot (pic#5), and have material for others, large and small (pic#6) that I’ve been collecting over the past two years (or longer – heh).

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 01-20-2013 05:21 PM

there is no end to your creativity AND you have the skills to make your visions happen!!
I have lots of ideas but my “making” skills are a little lacking.

The Earl is a treasure .. and I do love that carrot
well done.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-20-2013 06:05 PM

Fantastic. I’ve got to make me one. You are SOOOO creative.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 01-22-2013 04:57 PM

Your work is superb and original. I have the skills but no ideas!


-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 01-28-2013 07:16 AM

These are marvelous, Joel!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 01-28-2013 10:00 PM

Very nice Joel. All interesting and each with it’s own story. Did your little girl help you with this project? Is she still interested in the garden and with wroking with Dad??

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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posted 02-04-2013 11:07 AM

I like these I just might make me one too! Nice work Joe!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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