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11 Unusual Hobbies


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These are eleven of the most unusual hobbies poeple engage in. If you have have updated information, please send it to me.

The List of the 11 unusual hobbies follow the article below

Hobbies differ like tastes. If you have chosen a hobby according to your character. and taste you are lucky because your life becomes more interesting.

Hobbies are divided into four large classes: doing things, making things, collecting things, and learning things.

Some people like to dress in costumes, not just at Halloween but all year long. It can be a way to explore history and discover new personas.

The most popular of all hobby groups is doing things. It includes a wide variety of activities, everything from gardening to travelling and from chess to volleyball.

Sport has always been popular in our country. There are different sporting societies and clubs in Russia. Many of them take part in different international tournaments and are known all over the world. Our sportsmen take part in the Olympic Games and always win a lot of gold, silver and bronze medals.

Millions of people watch figure skating competitions, hockey and football matches, car races, tennis tournaments and other sports events. Certainly watching sports events and going in for sports are two different things. Now everybody knows that sport can be a profession and a business. But sport can be fun as well. Besides, it helps to stay in good shape, to keep fit and to be healthy. Doing sports is becoming more and more popular. Some people do it occasionally - swimming in summer, skiing or skating in winter - but many people go in for sports on a more regular basis. They try to find time to go to a swimming pool or a gym at least once a week for aerobics or yoga classes, body building or just work-out on a treadmill.

Gardening is one of the oldest of man's hobbies. It's a well-known fact that the English are very fond of gardening and growing flowers, especially roses.

Millions of people all over the world spend their holidays travelling, they travel to enjoy picturesque places, or just for a change of scene. It's always interesting to discover new things, different ways of life, to meet different people, to try different food, to listen to different musical rhythms.

Story credit: Russian Federal Educational Resources

1. Pooktre Art

The Holey Tree

Photo credit: The Society of the Happily Unusual

Pooktre tree shaping is a unique eco-art form created, developed and perfected by Peter Cook and Becky Northey in South East Queensland, Australia. Pooktre is a dream made into a reality through inspiration, love of nature, tree finesse, persistence and understanding trees and how they grow.

Axel N. Erlandson: Tree Shaping Master

Now if I am going to post an article about Pooktre I've got to mention one of the masters of tree shaping, Axel N. Erlandson (1884-1964). Erlandson put himself on the map, literally and figuratively, by creating a roadside horticulture attraction he dubbed The Tree Circus in Scotts Valley, California back in 1947. Erlandson had a vision of a horticulture theme park and charged admission but it was never a commercial success. The Tree Circus took in just over $300 for the entire year of 1955...his biggest take. He sold the property in 1963 for $12K and died the next year. Property owners came and went over the years. Finally, in 1985, the owner of a tree nursery bought 24 of the trees from the previous owner and transplanted them to his horticulture theme park, Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, CA, and they are on display today. Some of the other trees were sold and ended up at The Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, CA and in Baltimore at the American Visionary Art Museum.

Grow Your Own Furniture...Really!

50-plus years after Erlandson's Tree Circus opened for business, Pooktre co-founder Pete Cook proudly stands next to one of his guided creations on his home turf in South East Queensland, Australia. Pete has some very cool looking Pooktre growing out back. Pete's life partner, Becky, co-founded Pooktre back in 1996.

Becky's bio describes how the art of Pooktre developed in the following manner..."The swirls in the Pooktre was inspired by the hobby of engraving that she was doing at the time." Their website is what inspired me to write this post because of their nature-work and tree face image on the home page.

Becky and Pete wrote me a note where they mention...

We evolved our techniques of shaping trees in complete isolation from the rest of the world. With our techniques we know what will work or not and we can reproduce any of our pieces. Which we have done with our favorites. Pooktre only relates to our techniques, in short we have mastered the art of Pooktre.

One very important thing that I have learned is that Pooktre is NOT arborsculpture. Arborsculpture does not translate well in Japanese. In Japanese it means to carve away, not shape, and Pooktre is all about tree shaping...not carving. Helpful information they picked up while in Japan at the World Expo 2005.

Becky also wrote...

John Gathright, the producer of the Growing Village at the Japan's World Expo 2005, asked if we wished to have the whole art form called Pooktre or Circus Trees. We felt that as Axel N. Erlandson had done his trees first and well, that we were happy to have our trees associated with his. So in Japan at the Expo the trees were called Circus trees. We are quite happy to have our trees associated with people that have mastered their art. Example; John Krubsack who grew a chair on his first try or with Chris Cattle who has mastered the way he shapes the trees and is able to reproduce the same design again and again. Which means he has a understanding of how and why the design works.

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2. Duct Tape Art

Duct Tape Artist

Photo credit: Russian Federal Educational Resources

Duct Tape Artist Melody Williams, 17 Greers Ferry, Arkansas

As you can see, Melody's hobby is duct tape art. Her creations include shoes, clothes, jewelry, cards and sculptures—even a model of Shakespeare's Globe theater (which later became a home for her pet turtle, Shelley).

Most people aren't quite sure what to make of Melody's fascination with duct tape. "They laugh and mock me," she says, "but they always come to me when they need an adhesive."

Laughter isn't the only difficulty Melody encounters while pursuing her hobby. "Duct tape is very sticky," she says. "When I was making my skirt, I had a lot of problems with it sticking to itself in places it wasn't supposed to. Also, wearing duct tape is slightly uncomfortable. It's stiff and doesn't breathe very well."

Not that any of these drawbacks have diminished her love for the "handyman's friend." She's even written a song about it:

I have to say that my world is gray,
not because of compromises made
or morals in the shade,
but because of a sticky tape
and the way it takes shape.
There are so many uses
and not many abuses
of this great sticky mess
the component of my dress …
Ode to duct tape, my best friend;
Ode to duct tape,
may the gray never end.

Story credit: Christianity Today

3. Taphophilia

Taphophilia should not be confused with necrophilia, which is a sexual attraction to corpses.

Alexander Hamilton Grave Stone

Photo credit: Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub

Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries. The singular term is a taphophile. It involves epitaphs, gravestone rubbing, photography, art, and history of (famous) deaths. An example of an individual’s expression of taphophilia is the character Harold in the movie Harold and Maude (1971).

Interview with Joel GAzis-SAx, a taphophile

How did you get into the hobby of grave hunting?

I don't know that I like being called a grave-hunter. The phrase suggests the work of resurrectionists or, worse, autograph hounds. When I do a cemetery crawl, I tend to focus on the way people use cemeteries. Sure, I include a celebrity or two, but often those who come with me enjoy the visits to places like Babyland or an ethnic section of a cemetery more than they like staring at the plaque and flower on Rudolph Valentino's crypt -- provided, of course, that I have something interesting to tell them or there is something fascinating to see.

City of the Silent has always focused on the art and culture of cemeteries, not name-dropping. There are plenty of other good sites out there that do the latter: I think I work harder than most to provide a place where people can enjoy even the tomb of a total stranger.

I prefer to call myself a "taphophile", a word I resurrected and popularized some years ago. It means, simply, one who loves tombstones or cemeteries. It comes from the same root as cenotaph and epitaph.

Do you collect any memorabilia?

I keep my collecting to items that can be purchased legitimately. I frown on collecting graveyard sculpture, for example. Another grave site owner used to advertise his desire to obtain samples of dirt from the graves of famous people. The hobby sounds innocuous until you realize just what this kind of souvenir hunting can do to a gravesite when the hobby catches on and the hordes descend. We've lost plenty of our national heritage to such "harmless" collecting. People need to realize that items like tombstones and mortuary sculpture come from cemeteries out in text '>the real world: you are often buying stolen property and destroying the beauty intended for a specific locale.

I focus on three particular areas that do not require destroying a cemetery. The first is photography: I see an interesting tombstone, I take a picture of it. The second is postcard collecting. Many cemeteries were tourist destinations in the past. Hunting around on e- bay or some other place will turn up many interesting views from the past. Of course, you have to pay the price. Third, I collect calacas or miniature skeleton figures made for the Day of the Dead. These aren't like the grotesque monstrosities that you see in the back of gift shops, those uglies with oozing pus, shriveled skin, worms, and bared bones: calacas are clown figures, often dressed up and equipped with the paraphernalia common to the professions. I have skeletons playing instruments, dancing, getting married, working at computers, etc. I don't think they are scary and most people who view my collection agree. They are funny. They are us.

I do my best to promote these nondestructive hobbies