The alarm clock is set for 4:15 a.m. on our "Beach Carving" days. We try to be on the road by 5 a.m. and arrive at the beach around 6. By the time we've lugged all our gear and gotten set up on the sand it's getting close to 7 a.m.
In the early morning, the lights from the pier look beautiful reflecting in the water. My phone camera isn't great at low light photos, so you'll have to use your imagination a little here!
Barely enough light for a picture. =)
Here's Dale starting the pile. Since thirteen cubic feet of sand is a ton, we shovel, and tamp, a little more or less than a ton of sand, for each sculpture.
Good exercise for upper body strength!
Particularly beautiful sunrise!
Working on the side of the scroll.
Notice Anna's skull earrings purchased just for the occasion? When asked by a group of Bible College students who were out for a day at the beach, "Why the skulls?" Anna told them, "Death. Skulls remind people of death. 'Death is the destiny of every man, the living should take it to heart.' The world needs to know God's judgment is just as sure as death."
Lettering is hard to get right, and time consuming to do, but God's word never returns void... so you can't go wrong putting scripture into people's minds.
Scroll complete, now onto the skull...
Dale carving out the back of the skull and getting the head shape right.
Dale starts to carve the side of the skull using "Yorick" as a model.
A few little blackbirds, from the Halloween shop, perched on the sculpt to lend a macabre finality to the idea of death.
Continuing down the side of the face, starting on the nasal cavity.
Anna works on that toothy grin.
Dale adds cracks on the side of the skull.
Here he adds the cracks that run along the top of the skull.
Here's the finished project again, from a little different angle.
Of course, our main objective is to share Jesus.
We give out gospel tracts and talk to people for several hours after we've finished the sculpt.
And, of course, there are always people taking pictures from the pier.
All the time, our boys were making their own sand creations...
We are super blessed!
As we walked along the pier we could still see people coming to take pictures, which was very encouraging.
Finally, a scrumptious dinner with lovely friends. What a great way to end the day!
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