Joe The Woodcarver
Seated by Pavillion Beach, Joe carves each
piece with the care and skill and memories
that more than forty years in Gloucester
have instilled in his mind and in his hands.
With his family sitting near him he lays
out large and small sea- horses, whales
and mermaids while chatting with a stranger
about the sculpted wood now emerging .
He talks about his collection of old photos
and the pictures he has taken with the
camera of his eye, while his knife fashions
from one of those pictures a fearsome white shark.
From eye to mind to hands to knife, Joe
whittles for each a life by the sea; images
of the world around us and beneath us
as we pass a lovely afternoon on Pavillion Beach.
© Marty Luster 2012