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Workshop Window - antler, agate and violin mould - Ellie Kennard 2012
Workshop Window – antler, agate and violin mould – Ellie Kennard 2012

Since this photo and post were made 7 years ago, so much has changed in this scene inside and outside Steven’s workshop. One major change is that I no longer go to the studio daily, having (mostly) retired. The trees in the field are much larger, the windows have been replaced and the windowsill no longer has this fascinating display. The antler, agate and violin mould are still in the workshop… somewhere. But searching for a post from the past to fit a theme, this came up so I thought it was a perfect one for Saturday nostalgia.

Original Post: February 28, 2012 – 59/366 – Workshop Window and Tools of A Trade – Antler, Agate and Violin Mould

Snow is falling again today and as I walked through Steven’s workshop on my way to the studio I thought this window looked interesting. The brave little tree in the snowy field, the deer antler at a rakish angle, those agate filled rocks and the violin former hanging in the corner seemed artistically arranged. Even the remnants of plastic sheet hanging on the window seemed to say so much about the struggle with the elements and the struggles of an artist to create and to survive.

Steven will use the antler in his turning work, in case you were wondering, and the stones with agate deposits were picked out of their nearby field and given to us by some children the year we moved to Canada. Agate is the stone of Nova Scotia.

Fine Detail

Steven Kennard at work - Ellie Kennard 2019
Steven Kennard at work – Ellie Kennard 2019

The detailed and meticulous work that goes into one of Steven’s boxes is sometimes not easy to imagine when you see the polished finished piece. Here I went into the workshop to capture a stage of the box he is making. This is the Hat in a Box. The original finished piece can be seen here: Steven Kennard Turned Work

Steven is forming the top of the ‘legs’ of the box, but you can also see the metal rods that will connect the legs to the body. The legs are snakewood, while the body of the box is African Blackwood. The bowl in the base is also snakewood. The hat is African Blackwood turned and textured.

Things were Looking Up!

Things are looking up! - Ellie Kennard 2012
Things are looking up! – Ellie Kennard 2012

Update on the post below: Sadly the Future is now the Past as the chain has closed down and the site is filled with a tacky Dollar Store. Chris has moved on. Such are Futures.

A bit of fun for today’s post!

Original Post: Things are looking up!
December 27, 2012 – 362/366 – Things are Looking Up

This man should be in the stock exchange, glancing up at the figures appearing along the banks of monitors, concerned, hyped, tensely waiting for just that right moment to make a fortune for his clients. But no, he is just in Future Shop, having been there since 5:30 am today, for the Boxing Day Sales. He has already done far more than a day’s work by now, but still managed to stay calm (despite his appearance, as I had asked him to pose for me), friendly and polite, in the mad frenzy of buying. It could have been the stock exchange and he would surely have done it justice. I just loved the way the lights hit his fabulous hair. Thanks for being a willing model, Chris!

Carved in Stone

Carved in Stone - Ellie Kennard 2012
Carved in stone – Ellie Kennard 2012

Another mini diary-like post rescued from social media reminding me of days gone by and the beautiful work of craftsmen.

Original post: July 12, 2012 – 193/366 – Carved in Stone

Days when we have a full work day followed by a midweek concert at the Evergreen Theatre at night (photographic session as well as wonderful music) are never easy when it comes to posting images, or even shooting them. It is an early start to the day and then a very long drive home, late at night, with constant risk of hitting wildlife or cats on the lonely country roads.. Last night we had such a concert and saw a wonderful singer, Alejandra Ribera, so the long day was well worth the exhaustion at the end of it.

While cooking supper before dashing out the door to drive to the theatre, I caught sight of these pears and apple on the dining room table. They have been carved by a Nova Scotia craftsman* and have graced our dining room for years. The light streaming in through the window produced a pleasing effect and accentuated the lovely carved texture on these fruits. So they are my entry for yesterday. Fruits that never rot.

*Nova Scotia stone carver Peter Parachnowitsch  from “Set in Stone’

Rose Coloured Glasses

Rose Coloured Glasses - Ellie Kennard 2012
Rose Coloured Glasses – Ellie Kennard 2012

Another rescue post, rather sad as Dave, mentioned here, died suddenly a year ago. I still like the image, so am bringing it in here.

Original Post: February 24, 2012 – #55 

The Best Kind of Glasses to See Through – Rose Coloured

I buy my glasses where they only sell rose coloured ones and when they need a tweak (perhaps I am beginning to see things a bit blue) then they fix them for free. So I went in for a tweak today and thought you might like to see their selection.

Dave sells the best glasses in the area, he is not a big box store, but a small local business and his service is second to none. And everything looks great!

Enjoy your weekend everyone! Mine is looking good.

Drops on Webs on Leaves

Drops in Webs on Leaves - Ellie Kennard 2012
Drops in Webs on Leaves – Ellie Kennard 2012

I am having so much fun rediscovering these photographs as I go through the rescue mission on my Google+ posts. This was one of my favourites, taken in September of 2012 with a macro lens which I always found a challenge to use hand held out of doors,  to get the focus just as I wanted. But this result, with the rich colours and textures was one I was particularly happy with. Although it is white outside, the rich colours here remind me of one of my favourite seasons for photography.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Original Posting: September 21, 2012 – 264/366 – Drops on Webs on Leaves

I can’t resist the colours of the leaves as they fall, the textures in them, almost like skin. When you combine that with some webs and add some drops from the night’s rainfall, I am out there on my knees with the macro lens you can be sure.

This is image #264 for my participation in the #creative366project

Old Bottles and Rainy Days

Windowsill, rain and bottles - Ellie Kennard 2012
Windowsill, rain and bottles – Ellie Kennard 2012

I featured these bottles twice in my posts on Google+. This post includes them both.

Original Post:
Rainy day with bottles
January 24, 2012

Yesterday’s frost has gone and the expected rain arrived. Even a dull day can look interesting through a raindrop covered window with a bottle collection on the windowsill. I was playing with the focus at first but on seeing the drops, the bottles and the greenery outside on what I had thought of as a dreary day, the whole scene had an old fashioned warmth about it.

Image #24 for my participation in the #creative366project

Found Bottles - Ellie Kennard 2013
Found Bottles – Ellie Kennard 2013

Original post: 15 Mar 2013
Project 52 B&W
Week 11: Old

Those were the days. When Eiffel Tour Lemonade came in liquid crystals in little bottles like the two you see here (from the late 1800’s). That was when perfume came in beautifully shaped bottles with a Bakelite top and when ink came in squat heavy ones. They were not fine or particularly delicate, but have great appeal. Many of these were dug up from our garden in England. In the past, people had their own little rubbish burying areas in their gardens – in the days before plastic packaging and public garbage collection. These were thrown out as garbage and we find them and put them on display.

This was taken with my new prime lens (40mm) which is forcing me to think carefully about my composition and not rely on being able to zoom. I am enjoying this new form of discipline in my learning process.

Candy Cottage

Concrete Cottage - Ellie Kennard 2012 Concrete cottage built by Charles Macdonald between
Concrete Cottage – Ellie Kennard 2012 Concrete cottage built by Charles Macdonald between

The first photograph and posting of my 1 photo a day for a year project.

Original Post: January 01, 2012 – 1/366

Concrete Fairy Tale Cottage, Huntington’s Point, Nova Scotia

This cottage was built at Huntington’s Point, Nova Scotia by Charles Macdonald, sometime between 1934-38. He and his wife built 5 of these fairy tale dwellings out of concrete, reinforced with iron and driftwood.

We took a drive out here today on this rather damp and overcast day and this cottage brightened up the landscape on the shore of the Bay of Fundy.
Image #1 for my participation in the #creative366project

More info on Charles Macdonald and his concrete creations can be found here: http://www.concretehouse.ca/uncommon/concreteman.html