“Magic in Wood” Carving Show
Just returned from the carving show held in Pickering, Ontario this weekend. For those not too familiar with Ontario, you probably have a general idea where Toronto, Ontario is located…well, Pickering is almost an extension of Toronto to the east and is about a 2 hour drive from my home in Kingston. So, let’s start by getting the ribbon news out of the way…my Hobo and Ned carving earned a 1st Place ribbon in caricatures and a 3rd Place ribbon for overall in the Open classification of carvings. The Hound Trio earned a close 2nd Place ribbon to Hobo and Ned. And apparently it was close…if one judge in particular had had his way, the order of ribbons would have been reversed. Everyone seemed to get a real kick out of these carvings and I received a lot of nice compliments on each of the hounds. Now the real news about this carving show…let me tell you how impressed I was with the level of carvings in this competition. For starters, my friend, Tony Endhover from the Brockville, Ontario area was asked to be the featured carver at this event and did he ever put on a great display. Tony has been carving for 30 years or so and his range of talent covers everything from relief carving to caricature carving to pyrography. Beautiful work. Reg Lewis, my friend from Kingston, also picked up a second place ribbon in open class for his Oriole. Almost as nice as the Oriole was the piece of fruit that he carved that the little bird had been feeding on. That’s Reg’s Robin as well. I mentioned that Hobo and Ned earned a 3rd Place in Open…just take a look at the carving that was awarded 1st in Open! I wish that I could have taken a nicer photo of this owl because it was just mind numbing perfect. Another carving that caught my eye was the Retriever that was awarded 1st in Intermediates. Just beautifully done. I really could go on and on…here are a few additional carvings by Tom Gallagher and Joe Dampf that were not entered in the competition but were part of the display tables.