Saturday Oct 09, 2010

Carving Time

Mr. Fox by Erwin A. Thompson

This darling fox (a genuine slice of Americana) whittled by ninety-something Erwin A. Thompson arrived in my mailbox the other day, a gift thoughtfully arranged by his daughter, Janet Riehl—the karma burner behind Riel Life: Village Wisdom for the 21st Century. 

I had told Janet that Erwin’s whittles of animals reminded me of native american fetishes—charms with magical powers.

Janet and her father work together on projects, including a major 4-disc boxed CD set called Sightlines: A Family Love Story in Poetry & Music.

If you’re up for a poignant trek into the heartland, then you can find out more about remarkable Erwin, how he came to whittle his little treasures, and about gratitude. Click on this link and learn.

Dear Eden,

Love the picture! Thanks for the links and your appreciation of my father’s critters and our work together.

“Karmer-burner” I like that! Nice.

Now that you have Mr. Fox in front of you, do you still feel they are related to “native american fetishes—charms with magical powers”?

Did the pedigree arrive safely, too? I. M. A. Fox.

Where will Mr. Fox live in your house?

Janet Riehl

Posted by Janet Riehl on 10/09 at 06:41 PM.

Thank you and my pleasure, Janet.

Yes, a charm to be sure. Mr. Fox makes me feel good, and I can think of no greater magic.

No I. M. A. Fox pedigree in the box.

Mr. Fox has already made himself at home on a ledge above my computer.

Posted by Eden on 10/09 at 08:05 PM.

Love the photo and story of Mr. Fox’s journey. I love the sense of speed in his design, as if a dog is right on his heels and he’s running away at full speed, so far so good. ~ Erwin’s Granddaughter #2

Posted by Janean on 10/09 at 09:25 PM from Illinois.


Pop and I are here together following links and enjoying Eden’s post “Carving Time.” I love your lively image of a day in the life of I.M.A. Fox.

Aunt Janet

Posted by Janet Riehl on 10/10 at 08:42 AM.

Hi Janean:

Good to read your comment. I’m especially gratified to see that you, the younger generation, appreciate your grandfather and his contribution.


Posted by Eden on 10/10 at 12:33 PM.

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