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Travel, Forbus General Store: Whitting man, Roosevelt Upchurch

2013-12-22 - 3902 N York Hwy, Pall Mall, TN - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Couldn't help but think of back home - Slower days, better days, when whittlers lined the benches at the Adair County Courthouse. Roosevelt Upchurch, the lone whittler Saturday, December 21, 2013, offered to let me sit and whittle with him. Even in this bastion of preservation, he among the few who practice this rural combination of art, meditation and relaxation. Couldn't help but remember John Shelley's famous poem, "The Whittlers," or the promised - still to be fullfilled - intentions of Hill & Jones to re-establish the honored practice in Columbia, and Wid Harris' manifested standing offer of free cedar whittling sticks at Town Barber Shop - and the sadness that no one is taking them. In Fobus, with devotees like Roosevelt Upchurch, the institution seems safe.

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