Our community is home to countless talented individuals,
people whose gifts and skills are remarkable. When talking with these
craftsmen and artists, I come away feeling blessed to have watched their
talented hands at work.
As I sat in Dave Trippett’s living room, I was able to
see first hand the works of not only his hands, but his heart.
Dave Trippett does detail work on a cane.
Trippett designs and creates canes. These slender pieces
of wood are not the canes one would imagine buying in a shop or picking
up in a mall. Each cane is handmade with count-less hours of labor.
He has made over 60 canes in the last several years.
Each one has been an act of service. He has never sold a single one.
“It is a ministry,” said Trippett, “I give them away.”
He is an active member of Knotts Memorial U.M. Church, and many of the
canes have Bible stories and scriptures entwined around them. He
recently made 15 for a Sunday School class.
The cane he made Jill, his wife, tells the complete
story of the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, each major event was
depicted beautifully by Trippett’s hand.
Many people have asked him why he does not have a booth
at the Wood Festival or sell the canes. Trippett’s answer is quick, “I
do not sell them. It is an outreach, and I enjoy giving them away.”
A verse in Psalms 23 is very appropriate for Mr.
Trippett. “Your rod and your staff, they comfort me . . .” (NIV). It is
fitting that this verse was written by a David, King David.
It is apparent that each cane or staff is given as a
comfort and as a ministry to represent the Master. It is encouraging to
see that the hands of a craftsman like Trippett are led by his heart. In
each piece of wood and in each carving, he offers a labor of love.
In a world that can be dark, there is a light in Calhoun County that
grows stronger as the hands and feet of its people serve their
brothers. Some may volunteer their time, some their efforts, and
others their talents. Trippett gives all three. His ministry
brightens the county and offers comfort too.