I have donated two chargers to two wonderful events, namely:
The English Harbour Arts Association is located in Newfoundland and is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of artistic and cultural education and the preservation of historic and cultural spaces. They are committed to operating an economically self-sustaining institution for the arts that provides learning opportunities for people of all ages and levels of artistic experience.
They are having an auction to raise money for their work in Newfoundland. The Auction will take place in Ontario in Caledon. You can find more information, directions and contact info here. This event takes place Sunday May 4th, 1-5 pm. (Live Auction starts at 3 pm) at the Ugolini Farm south of Orangeville.
As with the event above, I have donated a white oak plate made from wood from the bottom of Georgian Bay. I have called this piece "The Test of Time" as some of the wood in it came from trees that may have been a thousand years old. The story of the logging of Georgian Bay is on the back of the plate.
Last year, at Ladies' Night, the Orillia Home Hardware collected nearly 7,000 lbs of food for the local food bank. This support of the community won them the Walter J. Hachborn Award for Retailing Excellence for 2013. For more on this award, please click here. If you want more information on this event, please call 705-326-7371.
Some of the stories are relatively easy to write and some take a tremendous amount of research. Some that I felt would be a 'no brainer' have turned out to be some of the toughest to find information on. Making the pieces is a breeze compared to some of the research.
In my stories I give some of the history behind the wood and then I refer to my notes that I made when making the pieces. I include pictures both from the historical perspective and from the making of the pieces.
I will be writing more about this show and others.
Until next time...