I wish that we had a secure place in which to hold Ken Means’ carving workshop in February 2013. Ken is our Master Carver. This past July I learned to carve from him at the annual three-week workshop he convenes near his home in rural Oregon. The guy has a wealth of knowledge to share, and, in just four months, he’s coming to the Big Island to teach a two-week session. How exciting.
But I wish that we had a secure place in which to hold that workshop. I cast a hungry eye at the former McDonald’s in Hilo. And I cast an introductory letter to the new owners. I only have the mailing address they gave the County, a P.O. Box on Maui. Wish us luck.
I think that this location would serve us well because of its proximity to so many institutions that might take interest in the Carousel of Aloha: schools, churches, museums. I looked in the windows during a recent stroll through downtown Hilo. I saw that the building could contain as many as a dozen craving stations even though all the tables remain in place. It also has lots of other features that would suit our needs. I even dream of using the space to build the carving blanks for Ken’s workshop.
I dream a lot these days. I think that one needs to invite dreams especially these days. Working on the Carousel of Aloha helps me invite dreams. I dream of the day when we have more people giving their time, labor, and hearts to the project. Along with dreams I have the sure knowledge that the efforts I’ve given so far have yielded rich rewards. So come join the party, and send us your good thoughts to help us find a space in which to hold Ken’s workshop.