Carving cottonwood bark into whimsical structures such as houses, castles, light houses, Christmas tree ornaments, etc., is limited only by the size and shape of the pieces of bark and my imagination. Some are carved to hang, some carved two dimensional, and others carved “in the round” to stand alone. The end results are endless and sometimes surprising!
Several multi-day classes given by renowned bark carvers have honed my skill and enthusiasm.
My participation in carving competitions in Winnipeg and Fargo, N.D. and in a Juried Art Exhibition in Lac du Bonnet has resulted in ribbons in Novice, Intermediate and Open levels.
Carving with two clubs – Catfish Carvers in Selkirk, M.B. and the Bear Country Woodcarvers in the Lac du Bonnet area reinforces my love of the art.
My most recent project was carving and painting twelve Christmas tree ornaments which I gave to my three grand-kids. My wish is that they will hang them on their Christmas trees and then perhaps pass them on to their kids (my great grand-kids) when that all comes about.
Carving a new piece of bark is having the cares and stresses of every day disappear. Am I enthusiastic!