Del Peters presented a program at the Seward Senior Center today following a Picnic lunch with Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Potato Chips and topped off with an Ice Cream Sundae. We had the added pleasure of setting next to Del's wife Kathy which added to the presentation. Del followed his Dad, John in the field of Masonry. A back accident early in his careen required a year of recuperation. It was at that time that he took up the "art" of Whittling. He doesn't consider himself a "Carver". He also changed occupations to become a Manufacturer's representative which involved considerable traveling. It enabled him to meet many people and perfected his avocation of whittling. Del says he is self taught and has been a member of Clubs where members help each other. He has and continues to teach classes in whittling. He made an excellent presentation and kept an unusually large crowd of Senior Citizens entertained for over an hour. He is a good speaker and told many interesting stories about his various "products". Some of which were passed around for us to take a closer look at and a picture.
Here is a little "Bob Cat" that looks very much like the real thing. He also passed around examples of some of his tools to help some of us understand how he is able to do what he does. He talked about wood and said that Bass wood from American Linden trees are his favorite. I was fascinated by what he was able to do with a piece of Cottonwood Bark. Del concluded his presentation by talking about his involvement with the Seward Cross Makers. There are some 15 retired fellows in the group who have made over 33,000 little "Hand Held Prayer Crosses" over the past 4-5 years and have given all the proceeds to charity. It was a great presentation.