This December, I have been making a few wood creations for family and friends – Christmas presents. The carving bench has been full, lots of wood chips and sawdust flying interspersed with visitors and getting ready for the Christmas holidays. Some evenings can find me at the kitchen table oiling up the gifts to look their best. If it’s not for food, I use a clear satin mini wax – if the dish or bowl will be for food, it’s 100% Tung oil and salad bowl wax to go from this…
… to this! Christmas presents for my foodie friends, those who love to serve Sooke-sourced appies – smoked sliced loins of tuna, or big local prawns on shallow birds eye cedar dishes.
I also have these beach-combed red candlestick holders with found Japanese glass fishing floats, and hand-bashed copper candle holders… You could order one of these for that unique west coast gift!
December – it’s a time to gift… I can’t believe how much sanding I have to do to get a few presents made up!! Darkness comes quickly these days as we approach the solstice. By the end of January, we will notice how much more light is returning… extended time in the carving shed and time away for dog walks, late afternoon bike rides on the Goose… thinking about spring gardens, time away from the sawdust!
In other news, we are still doing a few events to help promote the Out of the WOODS book released this past October. Last week, CBC’s Sheryl MacKay came to visit my carving shed and did a short interview for her CBC radio show NxNW. She came to Sooke to interview a few of us who were featured in the book. She was fun and pleasant to meet. I am not sure when this will be aired.
Happy Christmas and holidays to all those who visit this site!