Five months later…

So that was a busy five months.

Lots going on, but I’ve still managed to get some carving in. First, here’s a recent picture of Last Laugh Lion. He’s coming along, and a better picture will be coming soon.

Last Laugh Lion - April 2016

What’s really exciting though, is it’s now my turn to start working on “my” leaf of the Maple Leaf Forever tree. This is part of an Ontario Wood Carvers Association group project, where we’re carving vignettes from Toronto’s history into an eight-foot section of the famous silver maple that inspired the anthem, The Maple Leaf Forever. Carving takes place at the Ontario Science Centre, which is where the sculpture will be displayed when finished.

Here are a couple of pictures of the work in progress, the second one a little more close up. Can you tell which Toronto landmark this will be?

Maple Leaf Forever Tree - May 2016

Maple Leaf Forever Tree – May 2016

Detail, Maple Leaf Forever tree - May 2016

My leaf, Maple Leaf Forever tree – May 2016

Foot Bowl 1

I spent the July 4th weekend at a cottage (or “camp”) not far from Sudbury. Walking in the bush we came across some interestingly shaped spruce. A few hours later and with the help of my Arbortech minigrinder, I was able to give my hosts this bowl. Flip it over and it looks like a foot, but this way up the colours make it look like a seashell.

Foot Bowl, spruce, July 2015

Foot Bowl 1, spruce, July 2015

A little beachcombing yielded the decorative stones.