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A Great Show in Pickering

Another terrific show put on by the Ontario Woodcarvers and the Pickering Carving Club.  Once again, just beautiful carvings in all classes and lots of people around for chatting.  Here are just a few carvings that caught my eye.

I was very pleased to bring home two 2nd Place ribbons in Bark Carving and Busts for my “George Proudfeather” and “Treetop Living.”  “Two Minutes for Fighting” brought home a 1st in Caricatures, 1st in Open and “Carvers’ Choice” 3rd Best in Show.  What a terrific weekend.

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Magic in Wood Carving Show

Fall means two things around here: a lot of birch leaves and pine needles to clean up around the house, and the Magic in Wood carving show in Pickering Ontario.  I like the Fall, but I’ll admit that I like the carving show more than I like the raking to be done.

The show is on this weekend and I’ll be entering the three carvings below…”Two Minutes for Fighting”, the bark cottage and “George Proudfeather.”  It’s always a great show with a lot of carvers showing up from throughout the province, Quebec and some up from New York state.  I’m looking forward to showing these carvings and it would be nice to come home with a ribbon.

And, yes, before the weekend I’ll also be starting to rake the leaves and pine needles under Rosie’s watchful eye.

Hamilton Canadian Carving Show 2015

I’m just back from the Hamilton Carving Show with some good news!  The little Country Hound placed 1st in Open Caricatures, 2nd in Open Class and 3rd Best of Show.  Not bad for a banjo-playing-hound!

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I met Emily for the day on Saturday and we had another great time together…taking in the carving and wood show, touring through the aircraft museum there and seeing all of the air-worthy restored aircraft and finishing off the day at our favourite Indian restaurant.  What a great daughter.

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Many, many fine carvings at the show and it was nice to chat with the other carvers that I’ve met over the last few years.  Dave Wilson had an outstanding caricature carving in Open Class.  This was a caricature of a real-life performer and Dave even managed to get the actual performer to sign his piece.  Very nice and an interesting story behind the carving.

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John Mills had a nice relief carving that really caught my eye.  You’d think that this was cut separately and laid on the background, but, in fact, this was all carved from one solid piece of wood.

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George Cook also showed off a really nice Cardinal that he did for the show.  The branch and leaves were copper wire, automotive body filler and copper shim-stock.  It looked to me that as much attention went into the branch and leaves as did the songbird.  Once again, real nice.

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Some really interesting carvings and I wish that I had caught all of the names associated with the carvings.  I want to also mention that a real highlight of this particular show is the time that the judges spend chatting with you individually and then later in seminar style to provide feedback on each of the carvings.  I got a chance to spend some time with Neil Cox, Mike Shepherd and George Cook in this regard.  A great opportunity to learn.  Well done to the organizers of this event!

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Ottawa “Poetry on Wood” Carving Show

I enjoyed the Ottawa carving show this past weekend and was happy to receive four ribbons for my entries of Hobo and Ned, and the Three Hounds:  a 1st in Caricatures and a 1st in Division for Hobo and Ned; and, a 2nd in Caricatures and a 3rd in Division for the Hounds.  A nice weekend and a terrific club in Ottawa.

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Once again, just some beautiful carvings were shown over the weekend from about 200 carvers from Ontario and Quebec.  Here is a sampling of just a few photos of the carvings that I enjoyed.

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“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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Another carving that caught my eye was the Retriever that was awarded 1st in Intermediates.  Just beautifully done. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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.

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Pickering Carving Show Entries

I’m looking forward to the “Magic in Wood” Pickering Carving Show next weekend.  I’ve attended this show twice now and have enjoyed it a lot each time.  Some very high quality carvings are presented both in the competition as well as in the table display areas.  And it’s quite large, easily filling and over-filling the exhibition hall.  A large number of vendors are there as well selling books, wood, chisels, knives, rotary carving bits and tools…well, just about everything that you can imagine as you think about what goes into the making of a wood carving.

Registration is Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  The show is free and open to the public from mid-morning on Saturday until about supper time on Sunday.  You can get all of the details by following the link at the side of this web-page for the Ontario Woodcarvers Association.

My two entries this year will be both in the category of caricatures:  Hobo and Ned, who have been shown at the Canadian Carving Championship held in January at the Hamilton Warplane Museum; and the Louisiana Hound Trio, which was just recently completed.  Both will be entered at the Open Level ( the levels are Novice, Intermediate and Open ) where there will sure to be some fantastic carvings joining them.

It’s so odd that I’ve been carving as long as I have been and only started going to these shows starting a couple of years ago.  If you find yourself in the same boat, don’t wait!…start going to the shows!…they are a lot of fun, you end up enjoying a weekend with people who share the same interest and you go home more motivated than ever to create something new.

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Niagara Falls Carving Show 2014

Hobo and Ned attended the Niagara Falls Carving Show this past weekend and brought home a 1st Place in Caricatures.  My two bark carvings also did well picking up a 1st and 2nd in that category of carving.

In the next two photos, you can see that the caricatures category was popular at the show and had some creative entries.  In the second photo, the Indian bust was completed by Bill McDougall and was particularly well done, in my opinion.  Bill and I spent some time catching up on news and talking about their show coming up in the Erie, New York area this summer.

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The show itself was held at a new venue for the Niagara Carving Club:  Heartland Forest,  which was a beautiful facility and well attended throughout the weekend.  In fact, on Saturday, with the large number of people attending  it was somewhat difficult to get closer to the tables and booths to take in the many carvings.

My Mom, also here in the photo, attended the show with me and a number of relatives from the Niagara region also dropped by to see how Hobo and Ned made out.  It was a nice weekend.

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Hamilton Woodcarving Show 2014

The Canadian Carving Show was held again this year in Hamilton, Ontario at the War Heritage Museum adjacent to the International Airport.  Again, my daughter, Emily, and I were able to get together for a day to take in the show and also enjoy a visit to our favourite Indian restaurant and a bit of a shopping spree at IKEA.  A lot of fun.

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We attended together on Saturday, and I returned on Sunday to take in more of the show.  The event was very well attended in  spite of some extreme snow and ice conditions that hampered travel that weekend.  Being a combination of wood-working and wood-carving, the show attracted in a lot of suppliers and craftspeople with common interests.  There were some very good deals to be had on supplies and equipment as well as some excellent demonstrations to take in.

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The museum was also available to all wood show participants, and Emily and I made good use of that.  95% of the aircraft, of which only a few are shown in the photo below, are airworthy.  I believe that the Lancaster, shown here, is one of only two airworthy Lancasters left in the world.  I know that I’ve seen this Lanc fly overhead several times when I’ve visited my hometown of Niagara Falls.

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I’m not exactly sure how many carvers brought carvings to the show…but, there were a lot of beautifully crafted items in all categories.  I wish that I had recorded the individual’s name, but, one craftsman brought a cello that he had made.

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Corporal Duncan Sowerby was awarded 2nd in Open Caricatures and proudly stood next to many exceptional carvings in the caricatures category.  I also got a chance to talk with a number of caricature carvers who brought great carvings.  A couple of photos of some of the carvings are included below, but several more are on the Flickr Site that you can link to at the side of this page.

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Although I’ve been very proud of my “Hobo and Ned” carving, I can tell you that Emily’s and my jaw dropped when we saw that the judges awarded it 1st in Open Caricatures, 1st in Open, and, 1st Best in Show.  What a thrill and what a memory.

Be sure to attend this outstanding event next year.

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Ottawa Carving Show

I attended the Ottawa Carving Show this past weekend hosted by the Outaouais Carving Club.  Again, this show was well attended and approximately 180 carvings were entered in all classes.  The event attracts many competitors from Eastern Ontario and Quebec who bring along outstanding carvings.  A very friendly gathering with an opportunity to meet some really nice people.

I entered my two bark carvings along with Cpl. Duncan Sowerby.  Registration was Friday evening so I made the quick trip to Ottawa and again on Sunday afternoon to spend some time taking in the show.  The club always puts on a great prize presentation at the end of the show on Sunday and has a lot of fun with the process.  You would never guess by their light-heartedness that so much gruelling work had gone in to making the event such a success.

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I was very happy to take away a 1st Place in Class and 3rd Best in Division for the “Castle Cottonwood” and a 2nd Place in Class for the “Cottonwood Mill”.  But what really knocked my socks off was a 1st in Class, 2nd in Division and a 2nd Best in Show for the Corporal.  He seemed to be standing a little taller…I know that I was!

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Be sure to check out the Outaouais Club’s website ( I’ve included it in the links to the right of this page ) and plan to attend this event next year.  I’ll upload all of the photos that I took at the event on the Tributesinwood Flickr Photos link soon.

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