The Little Lighthouse

posted by Sharon August 20, 2013 26 Comments

Lighthouses conjure up romantic days for me. Ships tossed on storm waves, steering for the light. The keepers and their families living in the tiny houses with the spiral stairs. I’ve visited lighthouses on the Pacific and the Atlantic and hope to see more. Meanwhile, I enjoy my collection of little lighthouses.

This is my local Point Loma Lighthouse.

I have a ceramic version that lights up, too. And here are others, the simple and the detailed.

Here’s the one I treasure most.

My Dad carved and painted this for me. He took a woodworking class on retiring, and he carved the rest of his life. I remember shopping with him in an art store for just the right block of wood. He looked at so many. He picked them up, hefted them, visualized what he would form from the rough square. He knew my penchant for lighthouses, so he made me one. He made my husband a sailboat. He later created a wooden cat because I also love cats. He made my mom an eagle. Each carving had a person’s name on it from the time he held the block of unformed wood.

This quality of thoughtfulness was modeled so well by my Dad. He didn’t carve just for fun. He carved to brighten someone’s life. He smoothed the rough edges and made something artistic–both with the wood and with the people he loved. His quiet kindness shaped who I am today.

How about you? Do you have a handmade gift that’s touched you and brought you joy?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Tuesday Muse, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, and Communal Global.

The photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures 1412 and storm.

 

 

 

 

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26 Comments

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Pienilintu August 20, 2013 at 4:51 am

These are so cute!!!

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Ewa August 20, 2013 at 5:57 am

So very cute, and the one that your dad has made must be precious one!

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Coloring Outside the Lines August 20, 2013 at 7:46 am

I love your lighthouses- and what a treasure your dad made for you!

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Raymonde August 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

You have a great collection. We were on holiday in Brittany, France this year and they have fantastic lighthouses all along the coast, I hope you get to see them one day. You would love lighthouse hunting there. Have a great week.

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lynn August 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

i did until I left on my adventures, a parson’s table my Dad helped me build, a desk he’d built when I was 10, but they are in good family hands now. These are gorgeous lighthouses, esp the one your Dad made-an interesting item to collect.

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Kerri August 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

WOW – these are truly magnificent!!

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dalettre August 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

Those are really beautiful, Sharon!

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kim August 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

Neat collection. I love that memory and moment with your dad. It’s so sweet.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin August 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Those are gorgeous!! Such a precious memory!

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Stephanie August 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Your treasured lighthouse is so very special. It’s not just a lighthouse but a memory of your dad.

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S. Rochelle August 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

These are so cool! I saw the thumbnail and thought they might be full size, but I quite enjoy how they are small!

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Within the Frame @ Desktop Dreams August 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Lighthouses carry romance in them and I love the memories you have in your collection especially of your fathers….

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Yvonne August 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

So cute! I love that first photo

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Pride in Photos Photography August 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I just adore seeing what other ladies collect☺ Lighthouses…you are the first collection I have seen of this item. The one your dad made is so special.

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Tammy August 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Very wonderful lighthouses!!!

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Peabea August 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I really like how to textured the background on each. I have a few lighthouses and did one of the bedrooms in lighthouses. That is an awesome gift from your dad. The only handmade gifts I have are the ones that the grandbabies have made me when they were little artists. 🙂

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Ida P. Krause August 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

What a wonderful collection you have. I love lighthouses too. There’s a song, The Lighthouse sung by the Heritage Singers that I just love if that talks about Jesus being our Lighthouse.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRflze1VfLQ

I truly enjoyed your photo’s and the story of your dad and how he carved your lighthouse and brought joy to others through his carvings. What a precious memory. My dad bought me a bamboo wall hanging of cats that I cherish because it was something he bought me (he also bought my mom one of roses) because he knew we loved those things. It hangs on my craft room door still.

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Pat August 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm

What a lovely collection. I love the story behind the special one carved by your dad. One gift that I cherish is not handmade,but is a sweet little ceramic angel holding a daisy (my favorite flower) that my mom, who has since passed away, gave me.

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Nancy @ A Rural Journal August 21, 2013 at 12:14 am

Oh how sweet! I just love these Sharon!

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Nicki August 21, 2013 at 12:40 am

What a cool collection. I like your texture work on these images.

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Susie Clevenger (@wingsobutterfly) August 21, 2013 at 5:34 am

What a beautiful treasure to have. Love your texture work on them.

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chelinmillerquiesqui August 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

These images are beautiful and the story you tell makes it all so much more compelling! Great photographs, lovely tones and gorgeous textures. Love it!

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melody August 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm

How wonderful! Love the one made by your father!

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Patrice Plauche (@phpea) August 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I love those little lighthouses!

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Mama Zen August 22, 2013 at 12:45 am

You have photographed these so beautifully!

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Earl August 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Wonderful! And my favorite is the one your father made. What a treasure.

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