On May 2nd I had a huge treat: LEAF asked me to co-lead a Jane’s Walk to launch the Great Toronto Tree Hunt. When Janet McKay and I led a large crowd of keen tree-hunters through East York’s “Golden Triangle” neighbourhood, we found the treasures included people as well as trees.
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At Todmorden Mills, a small shed protected the remaining pieces of the Maple Leaf Forever Tree. On a cold February day, prospective designers took turns in that shed, looking for inspiration. There, in the corner, was a large piece calling our name. This was the beginning for the Ontario Wood Carvers Association - we had the wood, but we still had to decide what to do with it.
Today is the first day of spring! Soon the weather will get warmer and leaves will start appearing on trees. We can put our winter coats away and start turning our minds to outdoor activities. Spring is also the time that many construction projects get underway in the city.
The process of creating this one-of-a-kind piece really made me step out of my comfort zone as a designer. I had many hurdles as I created this piece - from material changes, machine breakdowns, design alterations, and even introducing a chainsaw to a lathe!
On February 26th I picked up the branch of The Historic Maple Leaf Forever Tree to begin the transformation into a magnificent bench that will give the branch life once again!