Thursday, 2 July 2009

Caribou

A couple of weeks ago, a parcel arrived from Hopedale, Labrador. I was expecting it, and I opened it carefully with excited anticipation, as I knew the contents were delicate.

These were inside.

A pair of caribou, carved from aspen wood, and with tiny antlers cut from real caribou antler.

Brian of Nain Bay has three of these wonderful carvings, and when I saw them on his blog, I fell in love, I wanted one... or maybe two. They are exquisitely carved by Ross Flowers of Hopedale. Ross carves in the winter, and fishes and hunts during the short summer months. I spoke to Ross by phone, and he graciously carved these two beauties just for me!
Thank you, Ross!

About 5" long, and standing 3" high at the shoulder, the caribou are all slightly different. I am thrilled with them.

I wish I could afford a whole herd.

26 comments:

Craver Vii said...

Neat. Sculptors must have extra strong hands, to have that kind of control, don't you think?

Xtreme English said...

gorgeous! i've never seen anything quite like these. you say you wish you could afford a whole herd....i'm afraid to ask what just one costs, though i think two is perfect....congratulations!

Bogey said...

Nice bit of Canadiana. Canada does have some very talented people eh! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am sure to be back to visit when I'm not fighting to keep my eyes open.

Angie Ledbetter said...

What expert craftsmanship! Gorgeous. Hope you can slowly build your herd.

Ash said...

So nice :-)

Ackworth born said...

O yes gorgeous indeed

CanadianSwiss said...

They're cute! Congratulations. He should make Caribou cows, too. Maybe you'd get a heard then ;-)

rosemary said...

They are beautiful. Caribou are magnificent creatures....

photowannabe said...

Wow, these are really neat. I love hand crafted things like this. I don't blame you for wanting the whole herd.
Also sending you belated Canada Day wishes.
I have missed so many days of blogging, I think people think I have flown the coop.

Peter said...

Really, really beautiful!!!

Vintage to Victorian said...

Absolutely fabulous.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Ohhhhh, they are really wonderful! I can see how and why you fell in love with them....Very sweet, they are! Congrats on getting them.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

How cool! They look like...more. ;-)

Diane said...

I wish I knew how to whittle!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I really love these little guys...!

To answer your question about the Gift Bag Shopping---I do it ALL myself--ON-LINE! A place called ORIENTAL TRADING...It is a treasure trove of all of this kind of stuff......I order it...They send it!
So....I choose everything, myself, right here in front of my computer....So I guess you could say...I am the 'creative' person' who helps me....LOL!
It's great fun, I must say...and all the ladies just love their little Gifts!

Jacob said...

These are truly gorgeous. Lucky you!

Thanks for coming by Ocala DP! Much appreciated!

lettuce said...

ah those are so beautiful!

Charles Bjørnsen Ravndal said...

That's a cute caribou sculptures. Look how they are neatly done. Beautiful!

Libby said...

They are beautiful. I admore anyone who can carve out of wood, it must take lots of time a patience.

Wendy said...

They truly are beautiful! How talented he must be to carve so well!!

Icy BC said...

Those are beautifully carved caribou..

Thank you so very much on the information you've given me on the names of the flowers! I'm learning a lot every day..

Anvilcloud said...

You wanted caribou and you were herd. (Sorry)

Hilary said...

Oh they're wonderful. What a lovely gift.

Ginnie said...

Did you ever see the movie, Never Cry Wolf, Sham? Make sure you see it sometime, if you love these creatures!

Neva said...

how stunning!!!! Wow...they are beautiful.

Ming the Merciless said...

They are absolutely gorgeous. Ross is a very talented fella.