Sharon just finished carving a large plaque for Senator Hatch commemorating the 20th year of the ADA here in Utah, founded by Senator Hatch. Also, she carved 70 award plaques for Vocational Rehabilitation’s employee awards last October held at Thanksgiving point. As she was carving the 14th plaque, Voc. Rehab. called and informed her that they gave her the WRONG list, to stop carving until they could give her the corrected list. She started crying because it took her two days to carve two plaques. It ended up that 5 needed to be re-carved as they misspelled two names and three were not on the list. She was very frustrated, to say the least. Then in February she carved a plaque for Governor Herbert. At this writing, Sharon has carved 5 plaques for the Senior Center’s volunteer awards program. Yes, that’s a lot of carving, but without her husband Wes preparing, sanding, sealing and staining the wood to be carved, it would not be completed. Wes is also her quality control man. Sometimes it’s like having your husband teach you to drive.
My mom has been carving since 2008. She learned her craft with Dr.Lew Jensen at Profitable Hobbies at the Hone studio. Vocational Rehabilitation paid for her training and tools, but the hardest part was writing her business plan. Vocational Rehabilitation thought Profitable Hobbies was just ‘a hobby’. When she carved those 70 plaques for voc.rehab. and presented them on stage, she said, “Now does all this work look like a hobby to you?” The audience just laughed and clapped their hands. Now they are willing to fund training to Profitable Hobbies. I’m not even sure Profitable Hobbies still has training, after all this trial she went through to get them accepted. Life changes, it’s a fact, but we all keep rolling along, doing our best each day.
luv n licks,
I hope I told you all about my mom in a special way, cuz I love her so much. I also hope you can come over to my house someday and play with me and mom. We have a lot of fun at our house Roxy.