My husband, Jake, is a writer and an excellent (amateur) sculptor, and is currently obsessed with puppets. Not so much the puppeteering part, but he's really into the creation of puppets. He pours over patterns and schematics and YouTube videos on puppet construction. He has gotten really into the idea of making a hand-carved, wooden marionette. He has spent the last couple of months trying to get me to go with him to Prague to take a 3-week intensive course on puppet carving. Uh, he's never carved wood before. He sculpts with clay. Oh how that man constantly amuses me!
Okay, so Jake was super excited to get his new pocket knife for Father's Day, and has now become a whittling maniac. We have gone on stick-finding expeditions! He has carved twigs (? not really branch size, but not like a toothpick size either?) from our yard. He now pulls over to look at other people's tree trimmings! Ahahahaha!!! I love it! It makes me happy to not be the only crazy one around here.
I suggested that he should carve me some crochet hooks. He took it on as a challenge.