Monday, August 22, 2016

carvings

While wandering around Wiarton one quiet evening, I noticed some interesting creatures lurking. Wiarton is home to the albino prognosticating groundhog which I previously wrote about here. He is everywhere in town, but now he has some friends (at least I hope they are friends, or it could get nasty with wood chips flying...)
footprints along the sidewalk
and then a few more creatures...
there were no doubt a few more to find, but it was very warm out and I had an ice cream in one hand and a camera in the other...
then down the road aways, just south of town, was the source
Edwards Outpost has tree sculptures, carvings, a gallery, antiques, wool, and a chip shop if you get peckish run by Bobbi Switzer and Edward Knopf. But none of that was open at the time.

 
These tree sculptures were made by Bobbi Switzer. When a tree needs to be cut down due to rot, or other damage, often the stump is perfect for a transformation. She has done several carvings in the area over the last ten years or so, (another example is here) and now even her daughter has taken up the chainsaw.

a little something different for Jo's Monday Walks
and some signs for Lesley's signs, signs


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    1. It's fun to find these places all by themselves on a lonely stretch of highway!

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    1. it's a business that seems to have grown organically - local talent and word of mouth!

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  3. I've come to the conclusion that you live in a strange world, Violet, but I rather like it. :) We have a woodland sculpture park not too far away.

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    1. He does look very relaxed, doesn't he?!

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  5. I agree that Wiarton Willie's image and name is everywhere in this town! It's good to see that he has some other company.

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    1. I look forward to finding more of these tree sculptures.

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  6. What a magical place. I love it. I agree about those footprints... they made me smile. The whole posting did.

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  7. I am always amazed by those chainsaw sculptures. How do you get so much detail with a chainsaw?

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    1. maybe they use small chainsaws? I would like to see a demo.

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  8. These chainsaw carvings are a wonderful bonus in the streetscape. And, in the first photo, love the quirky name on the sign list - splash pad.

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  9. What a fun walk ...I loved it all. And envy your ability to eat ice cream and take wonderful pics all at once ))). The first sign was great, but I enjoyed the little handmade "too hot today..." one as well. And sympathize with the guy! We watched a chainsaw art competition event once ... Amazing . (Tho they should have handed out earplugs).

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    1. Lucky you to have seen a demo!
      yes, there have been days when it really wasn't worth being outside!
      and I may have spent more effort eating the ice cream than taking photos...

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