The Made of Wood Show (MOWS) has their "All Things Wood" weekend on May 5th and 6th as part of the "Spring Awakening" at the Alton Mill. MOWS spent the first few years at the Mill and it was good to be back there for the opening on April 21. I think the show will find a home there for the next few years. If you haven't seen the Alton Mill recently or would like to take in the events of the Wood Show please click on the words in bold.
I have sent the first pieces to the Canadian Guild of Crafts. These were "stick" vases and one "stick" bowl. By the end of May I will have sent them some true Todgham pieces as well as some recycled cedar dockwood bowls.
I have started to work on Part 2 of the video series on making a stick vase. I hope to have it ready in a couple of weeks - there is a lot going on right now so chances to work on it are spotty. If there are parts of these videos that are not clear or fully explained, please let me know and I will create some addenda clips, as I have done for Part 1, to clarify those points.
It is coming to the time where I will be sending or taking a body of work to Circle Arts in Tobermory. This gallery opens on the 24th of May long weekend and is open daily until Canadian Thanksgiving in the fall. They usually get a cross-section of what I make including chargers, "stick" vases and one or two of my top end pieces. If you are thinking of driving the Circle Route this summer or in the future, consider dropping by Circle Arts for a visit. (For more info on taking this trip click here. This is a good place to start and there are links for additional information on this site.)
This is also the time of year when I start to put together the work that I want to take to the Ojibway Art Show at Pointe au Baril, Ontario. I have been a part of this show for many years and have enjoyed some real success at it. It would be hard for me to believe that there would be anyone in the Pointe au Baril area in the summer time who has not heard of or been to this art show, but if you haven't, you really must go. It is a delightful show with exceptional work by a broad range of artists and crafts people. On the Friday evening opening, you will be able to meet me as I never miss the kick-off to this show!
Almost two weeks ago, I put two of my top pieces on display at the Orangeville Town Hall. One of the pieces is A Touch of Imagination. This piece was a NICHE Award finalist in wood turning for 2011. The other piece is called A Touch of Elegance. In 2009 it was selected for the Canadian exhibit at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea and in 2010 it was selected for the Cultural Olympiad at the Museum of Vancouver. It was also selected for display at the G20 Conference and it was a 2010 NICHE Award finalist.
If you are visiting Orangeville or taking in a play at Theatre Orangeville (part of the town hall), please stop to view the art on display there.
Telling you about what is happening around here has been a nice little break but I really must get back to the lathe.