Wood carvers hone skills, pay homage to past

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DENMARK - Albert Aucoin put his steady hand and creative mind to good use on Saturday in Denmark.

DENMARK - Albert Aucoin put his steady hand and creative mind to good use on Saturday in Denmark.

The 83-year-old Truro resident was one of about a dozen wood carvers who gathered at the Sutherland Steam Mill Museum in Denmark, just outside of Tatamagouche, to hone his wood carving skills, meet with community members and embrace a hobby that's based on working with raw, wood materials by hand, as did people many generations ago did.

“Our forefathers worked with nothing but the basic tools and it’s amazing the things they did,” said Aucoin as he got settled at the museum and pulled out a number of chisels and other wood carving tools.

Not only did Aucoin appreciate being able to work on his personal wood carving projects at a historical landmark like the steam mill museum, but he relished the opportunity to spend time on a hobby that is beneficial in so many ways, he said.

“Doing this makes me feel good. You forget your worries and cares, you never get bored and you go back in time and get back to the real world and it’s a great challenge. You can do anything you want with a little creativity.”

Aucoin and other members of the Truro Woodcarvers Club participated in the demonstrations on Saturday. For Truro’s Winston Musgrave, 71, sharing his creativity with the community is a real treat.

“Wood carving has always fascinated me. It goes back to the time when it was all driven by belts and steam. And to take a piece of wood and turn it into something else is so relaxing, peaceful and calming,” said Musgrave, who has been doing the hobby for about 10 years and estimates making 100 items, including a piece of wood that is carved like Santa on one side and a turkey on the other, a cat, boat, a canoe with an Indian in it, fish and many walking sticks.

Musgrave attended the demonstration workshop for the second year and said part of the fun of making projects is giving them away, which is what he does with some of creations.  

Darrell Burke, museum site manager, said Saturday’s gathering was the fourth annual wood carving and woodsmen event.

“There’s interest in wood carving for sure,” Burke said, adding more than 100 people typically drop in to see the demonstrations.

Various 4-H clubs also participated in the afternoon event, squaring off in sawing events, a water-boil competition and back tank races.

The museum closed for the season on Saturday. It will reopen on June 1, 2014.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

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The 83-year-old Truro resident was one of about a dozen wood carvers who gathered at the Sutherland Steam Mill Museum in Denmark, just outside of Tatamagouche, to hone his wood carving skills, meet with community members and embrace a hobby that's based on working with raw, wood materials by hand, as did people many generations ago did.

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