You see it more and more as the days begin to get warmer. Stands of bamboo growing wild along country roads. While you or I might see the bamboo and immediately think of fishing and cane poles, Carl Ray Barker thinks of something totally different. That was just the first surprise when Debbie Williams sat down to talk with him out along County Road 12.
If anybody ever talked softly and carried a big stick. "Have you ever tried to get a walking stick from a whole raft of bamboo canes?" It would have to be 75 year Carl Ray Barker in Eclectic. "I think I'm an artist at times and then at other times I think I'm a poet." In fact it was his walking sticks that brought us to him. "I was trying to think this morning when I started those things." And then we began to talk. "One of my elders at church said you're a pretty good stand up comic," and you just didn't know what you would find out next. "And he'll see this and see I'm a sitting down comic."