Uncle Marty's Walking Sticks
5 Dec 2012
My Uncle Marty,actually my Great Uncle is 87 yrs old and in better shape than most 40 year olds I know. Several years ago he was walking around a local lake and missing his late wife when he noticed some sticks on the ground. He decided to pick them up and work with his hands to get him through the tough times. He is quite a character and when he's not wearing his hard hat,he likes to wear two hats at a time,one to shade his face and one to shade his ears. He enjoyed spending time with my sons and telling them the basics of holding a knife and what direction to cut in and also telling them that it took him 87 years to earn a degree but he finally got one in CS...Common Sense that is. He's very careful in measuring his customers up to their sticks, if the stick is too low you walk like you have a back problem but if the stick is too high,you walk like the Pope! He has become sort of a local celebrity making sticks for politicians and radio personalities and he even had a story published about him in the local newspaper. This is an important hobby to him,he does not charge for his walking sticks but he will take a donation for supplies. This is what's important to him and he is so proud of his work. And I am proud to call him my Uncle and proud to walk with one of his sticks!