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Wood you like a break?

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When Steve Carter takes his dog for a walk in the woods near their home, he always has an eye out for a particular bounty of the forest.

‘I relax myself by finding fallen pieces of branch or root and by use of a whittling knife and a loop hoof knife I fashion these spoons,’ explains Steve, the director of Priority Veterinary Surgeons in Reigate.

‘It’s easy to get totally engrossed in a bit of ordinary-looking wood, and in half an hour or so uncover a thing of unexpected beauty, while using one’s surgical craft skills. In addition, you have a gift to give away to someone.’

In the Take Some Time Out part of the Balance section, we celebrate the ways our readers have found to look after themselves so they can better look after their clients. Send your stories, photos and recommendations to or reach us on Twitter at @Vet_Record or using the hashtag #VetRecordBalance

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