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Wood Carvings by Mark Sheridan

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Pickering Woodcarving Show

I enjoyed attending the Pickering, Ontario, “Magic in Wood” carving show this past weekend. The show appeared to have about 350 carvings in competition and many more on display.

I’ve included a few pictures of the carvings, both on display and in the competition, in the Tributesinwood Flickr Photo album link to the right of this page. I also took a few videos which I’ll post shortly.

I was very pleased that Cpl. Duncan Sowerby earned a 1st Place in Intermediates Caricatures and my two bark carvings, Castle Cottonwood and Cottonwood Mill, earned a 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Bark Carving category.

The owners of the bark carvings ( Mom and Emily ) will be getting their carvings back but should not expect to get the ribbons!

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Castle Cottonwood is Finished!

The castle is now finished!  My Dad would have got a kick out of this carving.  About 25 years ago I gave my Dad a carving for Father’s Day and here we are on Father’s Day again and I’ve finished a carving for my daughter.  I miss my Dad a lot and wish he was here to enjoy this hobby with me.

You’ll notice a few additions from the last  post on this carving.  An additional tree has sprouted to hold up the castle turret.  I’ve carved out some windows, a little waterfall that is filling the moat and added some interesting items like the roots on the one tree wrapping around some rocks.  Just above the moat is a network of caves…perhaps, secret entrances to the castle!

This carving will hang in my daughter’s new house by the end of this week.

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Castle Cottonwood

Had a nice piece of Cottonwood bark delivered to me the other day.  Once again, like the Cottonwood Mill that I carved earlier, the bark was generally white and light grey.  This time, instead of being rounded in shape, it was much more angular and I had to take a few days to look at it to decide what it was going to be.

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I’ve been wanting to carve up another bark carving for my Mom and my Daughter ( Peggy kept the Cottonwood Mill and it’s already hanging on our wall ).  As I looked at the wood, it felt like a castle of some sort was in there, and as my daughter is a big fan of “Game of Thrones”, the decision was made.

Here’s the progress that I’ve made so far.

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Those trees on either side are “holding up” some part of the castle structure.  They were particularly fun to do.  I’ll be carving some caves at the bottom of the carving.  The waterfall that I’ve left will feed a little moat.

I have a few more photos on the Flickr Photos in my Links off to the right of this page.

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