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In and Around the Woodshop
Celebrating The Maple Leaf Forever

June 8, 2014

It was a beautiful day in Toronto yesterday, the sun was shining, the wind was warm, and we made our way down to the

Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre.

These days, the mill houses a museum, an art gallery, a theater and a forest preserve.

This setting made an ideal backdrop for the event we attended, celebrating the Maple Leaf Forever wood.

I was able to shake some hands and share some stories before graciously leaving with my small part of Canadian history.

Maple Leaf Forever Logo

Upon arriving at the Mill, we were greeted by Councillors  Mary Fragedakis, Paula Fletcher and Mary-Margaret McMahon.

They joined Toronto’s Emergency Medical Services Honor Guard as we honored the Maple Leaf Forever tree.

Radio and television media were present, as well as local residents, and of course, a handful of the designers and makers,

lucky enough to be chosen to work with some of the wood from this historic tree.

The tree was the inspiration behind the song- The Maple Leaf Forever,

written by Alexander Muir in October of 1867, to celebrate the Confederation of Canada.

( you can read more about it in this past post )

My parcel of this cherished wood, is in the 60 board foot range.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted as I work through the process of working with this precious wood.

For now- here’s a quick video of the morning.

It begins in front of Maple Cottage, where the trunk of the tree still stands today,

and from there, you’ll see a bit of yesterdays events and finally, a small sapling that was ceremoniously planted –

which is an off-shoot from the original tree!

I think for me, the best part of this entire project, isn’t the fact that I get to work with this amazing wood,

or even having my work on display in the Library of Parliament in our Nations Capitol,

but just seeing the pride and respect shown towards this incredible tree, by everyone involved,

with all of the stories and history that stands with it, is what really makes this project special.

What a pleasure and joy it is to be able to share this event and being a wood worker,

I’m inspired and flattered to be a part of it and happy to be able to share it all with you here~

stay tuned…

 Here’s a link to a piece from yesterdays TORONTO STAR.


Photo by David Cooper / Toronto Star

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