Wooden Flying Quails From Dad

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© Andrea Petersen
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And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee saw two brethren, Simon
called Peter, and Andrew his brother casting a net into sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me and I will make you fishers of men...St. Matthew 4: 18-19


Dad liked to catch walleye and trout.
Of hunting and fishing, he ne'er got tired.
He had more free time to get out
To enjoy these sports after he retired.

His job on the Great Lakes
Was to steer the ship,
O'er the water he guided the wheel.
Sometimes he'd see fish jump and skip
And wish he could catch them for a meal..

During his first years on the Great lakes
He didn't use carving tools
If he did, he'd be docked...
Back then those were the rules.
So he kept a jack knife in his pocket
And he saved wood scraps from box crates.

He sought to whittle a set of flying quails
From a pretty picture in a magazine page
This thought and plan entered Dad's mind,
When he was off duty and had spare time.

With a small jack knife and piece of wood crate
The project of the quails took on a good shape,
The groove of each wing was etched to define.
Then painted and varnished to enrich the design.

We helped care for Dad after his stroke
He gave us choice of carving before he died,
I said, "the quail would so proudly hang on our wall;
It will be cherished for it was the best work of all."
Big tears flooded his blue eyes and he cried.

Andrew, was our father's name
Although he wasn't always perfect,
None of us have reached that claim;
Dad, still had my utmost respect...
And I loved him just the same..

Like the fisherman from Galilee
Who left his net into the sea...
Jesus said, "come and follow me!"
By Andrea Petersen
In memory of Dad who died, December 21, 2003 at 95 years old.

Dad liked to carve wooden fish after he retired but I always loved these quails the most of any work that he ever did, because he did not have the proper carving tools on the Great lakes and such little time but he had the drive and the spirit to do his best with what little he had to use. I admire that so much.

The black background on this picture is a Motor Cyclist Harley Davidson blanket that Dad won years ago when he'd buy lottery tickets and it looked good against the quails. I inherited it after Mom went to the Nursing Home.

58 responses

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    What a wonderful tribute to your Dad, Andrea! I am sure he is smiling right now. A fabulous entry. voted.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    VOTED!! I love this!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    Your father was very talented and creative. With limited carving tools he was even more challenged, yet he managed to turn out such beautiful quails! Wonderful tribute to your father, Andrea!!! Voted!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    Very beautiful and such a wonderful tribute to your Dad, Andrea. He was very talented! Voted!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    voted! a wonderful entry, andrea.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    Oh YEAH/RAD!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Feb 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa gave props (11 Feb 2011):

    Muy interesante fotografia..!!! VOTO

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (11 Feb 2011):

    He sure did an excellent job Andrea! They are beautiful!! Excellent poem and momentos!! My vote for sure!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (11 Feb 2011):

    What a fabulous entry, Andrea! Your dad was extremely talented! I love your writing, too!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    Such a moving tribute. Sure has my vote.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    This is a beautiful tribute to go with his wonderful work!!


    JOE FAILK gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    Yea Rad Vote!

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    Wonderful entry...voted !!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (14 Feb 2011):

    What a beautiful carving.. voting

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (14 Feb 2011):

    My vote!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (15 Feb 2011):

    Thank you everyone for your kind words...

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (15 Feb 2011):

    They must be very special to you! Love the story!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (18 Feb 2011):

    I can certainly see why you treasure these works of art, they are so beautifully done! What a wonderful tribute to your Dad, too!! Voted!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (21 Feb 2011):

    My Vote!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (21 Feb 2011):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (22 Feb 2011):

    beautiful !!! no doubt it is OUTSTANDING shot!!!great for theme!!! Voted Andrea my dear....

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (28 Feb 2011):

    very RAD

  • Georges Maroun

    Georges Maroun gave props (1 Mar 2011):

    Yeah... Vote

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (7 Mar 2011):

    Beautiful verse, great narrative and a lovely tribute Andrea!

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (8 Mar 2011):


  • Lêda Nardelli

    Lêda Nardelli gave props (12 Mar 2011):

    my vote!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (14 Mar 2011):

    it definitely rocks!! My vote.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (15 Mar 2011):

    Stellar craftsmanship of the highest order....what a priceless memento...voted

  • Merwyn Kanjes

    Merwyn Kanjes said (16 Mar 2011):

    Good shot. My vote

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (19 Mar 2011):

    My vote!!!!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (21 Mar 2011):

    An outstanding image! Very well done.You have my vote...

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (23 Mar 2011):

    YES..got my vote

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    Very creative! Well done. Got my vote.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (11 Apr 2011):

    Beautiful frame again, voted!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (13 Apr 2011):

    Oh this is outstanding craftsmanship! My Grandad was a lumberjack on the Great Lakes, before he sailed down under. Loved your words.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (28 Apr 2011):

    My vote, beautiful carving Andrea, well captured

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (9 May 2011):

    Your father was an incredible talent! It seems to run in the family. Are you publishing your poems? Gosh, I hope so. You have my vote, Andrea. R

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (9 May 2011):

    Thank you everyone for your comments and votes. Ron, I have not published any of my poems but thank you just the same for your nice compliment. My mother used to compose music for her church with the lyrics but was never successful in making any profit from it. Sad to say, the truth of the matter is there is not any money in writing poetry..Many of the poets and artists of the past didn't get rich either and more times than not their works were not even
    acknowledged until long after they were dead...In a sense my poetry is read
    and appreciated on the JPG site and for that I am very humbled.

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (13 Jun 2011):

    Excellent image and very RAD!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Apr 2014):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield said (30 Apr 2014):


  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (30 Apr 2014):

    So lovely! Got my vote!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (30 Apr 2014):

    Beautiful memento! voted!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (1 May 2014):

    Fabulous! My vote!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (1 May 2014):


  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (1 May 2014):

    oh yes...my vote!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 May 2014):


  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (2 May 2014):

    WoW!! Voted!!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (4 May 2014):

    This is great, voted !

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (4 May 2014):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (4 May 2014):

    fantastic shot.....vote

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (7 May 2014):

    Beautiful, heartfelt memento ! Voted

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (7 May 2014):

    Beautiful art work. (voted)

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (11 May 2014):

    wow..this is a fantastic tribute and one of my fav's of your work! Brava! voted.

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (13 May 2014):

    My Vote!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (22 May 2014):

    Love this.. back to vote!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers gave props (28 May 2014):

    Great for the theme! GMV

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