Early Spring is here . . . the daffodils are popping up under the snow.
January and February in the shed – the rainy weather, and a few flakes of snow this past week made it all easy to be down there.
In February, I invited two friends to come join me. I told them to wear old clothes, bring gloves and a mask. An afternoon where I served them tea and crumpets, warmed up over an open wood fire! Got them into some sawdust and wood chips. I am teaching them how to chose interesting wood shapes – to create something using simple hand tools. I also helped support the Victoria Orchid Society by lending them a car trunk full of salvaged wood – all interesting shapes and sizes for their show coming up early in March. I gifted some of my works to local charities, to help them fund raise for causes we all believe in.
Other than carving more vessels – I leave time to place raw wood onto the carving bench, study it, visualize what might it become. Here are 2 unfinished pieces I am currently working on -submissions for upcoming Fine Art Shows, 2018. I am also working on building my inventory for summer and fall craft shows, including a PhoebeWwood sale at the Sooke Philharmonic Garden tour, early June in Sooke.
I am also working on two new sculptures – I especially like the yellow cedar piece entitled A Sylvan Womb.
More trips to the hills – truck box, weathered wood, tracking… In February, we got up to snow shoe, picnic and source more raw weathered wood for next summer carving. We tracked two bears and a cougar on that day!