There are two sides to the hobby of Letterboxing. There is the fun of seeking a letterbox to collect the stamp imprint in your logbook, and there is the fun of carving a stamp and then hiding for others to find.
Not all stamp carvings are created equal. We can’t all be talented artists. But it is fun and relaxing thing to do, so I do it. Unfortunately for the seeker when they find my boxes they don’t get a beautiful stamp. They do however get one that is unique. LOL
I’m going to tell you what I was attempting to carve in case you can’t guess. My first attempt was a black panther. This turned out as one of my better ones.
I got a little more adventuresome and tried for a rattlesnake. I saw this one in a junk shop. It was holding a potted plant, but I removed the plant and took it’s picture so I could try my hand at carving it.
I had a small piece of rubber and not wanting to waste it I went looking for something long and thin to make it into. I came up with a mermaid.
While out surfing the internet for a picture I came across a couple of bears, so I decided to make them also. I did them in different ways and I definitely like the walking bear better than the sitting bear, although neither of them are that great.
I also saw a fox on the internet, and in my rendition it looks like it’s seen a ghost! The eyes are way too big.
All this carving left me with yet another long skinny chunk of speedball, so I made a scary Halloween face.
If you are interested in learning about stamp carving there is another blogger that explained the procedure very well so I’ll just refer you rather than repeat. Stamp Carving
Now that I’ve gotten all these treasures carved, the next step is to get them a logbook and a suitable waterproof container. After that I will find them homes in parks, cemeteries and other out of the way places. Hopefully not near any geocaches. If the letterbox is mistaken for a geocache they will take your stamp and leave you a trinket in exchange. This is a tragedy to be avoided.
Once you’ve found a good home for your letterbox you then have to go online and post the clues on how to find it. Because that is where the fun is, having others find them and post it online.
There are two websites for tracking letterboxes and I post my clues to both. Letterboxing.org is the original website and the newcomer is AtlasQuest.com. Membership in both is free but you do need to set up an account.
I thoroughly enjoy getting posts from letterboxers that they have found my boxes. And bless everyone of them who seek my boxes because as you can see the stamps are “unique”. But unique is good because letterboxers really dislike “store bought” stamps.
We would enjoy having more letterboxers join the sport. Just get yourself a stamp to use as your “signature”, set up an account online, and start hunting and/or hiding letterboxes. You can do one or the other, or both like I do.