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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.