About the Artist:
After retiring in 2000 as an elementary school Principal in Toronto, Larry and his wife Nancy moved to their cottage on the shores of Lake Miskwabi. Larry always had enjoyed working with wood and when he saw some pieces of intarsia at a woodworking show, he felt that he would like to try this art form.
About His Art:
His work is primarily of wildlife found in the Haliburton area. The use of many exotic woods ---- bloodwood (red), yellowheart (yellow), purpleheart (purple), African wenge (black) --- allow him to use only the true colour of the woods in his work; there are no stains used at all. Most of his wood comes from South America and Africa although both Western Red Cedar and Eastern White Cedar are also used. Each piece is sanded extensively and finished with three coats of urethane. Listed on the back of each piece are the types of wood that have been utilized.
INTARSIA: "A MOSAIC USUALLY OF WOOD FITTED INTO A SUPPORT". In more common terms --- stained glass but using wood. This type of woodworking was first practiced in 15th Century Italy. Different species and colours of wood are cut out and fitted to form different shapes and figures.
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