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Ground Hog Day today. Lots of sunshine here, so that seems to indicate that we’ll have more winter. Not a bad thing really. I notice that we’re pushing the seasons more and more. We no sooner get through Christmas, than we market Valentine’s Day…. Then we promote Easter! All of this is in the name of marketing and sales. We’ve turned Holy Days into Holidays. The difficulty with that approach is that even our concept of Holy is conflicted with the recognition that the majority of Canadians are not of European descent. Our calendars are slow to recognize religious Holy Days of faiths other than Christian/Judeo. Our patterns of immigration suggest that we must all become more aware of other faiths. The mosaic that is Canada is rich in this regard. But I digress. As a Canadian, I like winter. I embrace the cold cleansing that truly differentiates us from most other countries.
I received a large shipment of burls from my brother and nephew at Stinson Studios in Tamworth earlier this week. It was so much fun to open up the crate and go through the paper wrapping to inspect each piece! There was one burl in particular that caught my attention. It was a medium sized oblong burl taken from a Yellow Birch tree. It has such a distinguishing colour and grain that I know people will be keen to see the beauty and uniqueness of this piece. Jesse cut out a canoe paddle blank from an ash board and sent it to me. I have to begin some work on this blank to create a canoe paddle for a surprise birthday gift. It seems like I’ll have a few more weeks of winter to work on the canoe paddle. I’ll enjoy winter, and look forward to open water of summer!
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