Getting ready to demonstrate at the New Zealand Woodturning symposium

It’s always exciting to go to a Woodturning Symposium as a demonstrator, with the buzz that builds up around the trip. I like to take some work with me, something new if I can, so you see me here sanding the body of a new box before attaching the finial. I leave for New Zealand on the 25th of this month. Not long now before I go. If you are there, stop by to see it and say hello.

Steven sanding a new box to take to New Zealand- Ellie Kennard 2016
Steven sanding a new box to take to New Zealand for the Symposium- Ellie Kennard 2016

While Ellie was taking the above photograph I moved aside and she spotted my latest student watching sanding techniques from an unusual angle, under the lathe. Joni has recently become obsessed with woodturning, as do so many once they are introduced to it.

My most attentive student - Photo by Ellie Kennard 2016
My most attentive student – Photo by Ellie Kennard 2016

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The Show Must Go On! box 4.5 x 3" turned, textured, painted and burned. Cherry, African blackwood, cocobolo - Steven Kennard 2016
The Show Must Go On! box 4.5 x 3″ turned, textured, painted and burned. Cherry, African blackwood, cocobolo – Steven Kennard 2016

A second surprise and honour in a day. The Official Google+ Create team is featuring my profile on their page. Thank you +Google+ Create!

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It is an honour to have been chosen by Lee Valley Tools

Lee Valley catalogue late summer 2016 - featuring 3 of my boxes
Lee Valley catalogue late summer 2016 – featuring 3 of my boxes

… to have three of my boxes featured on the front cover of their late summer catalogue. For those outside of North America, Lee Valley is the Go To Place for fine woodworking tools. I also teach box making workshops there from time to time.
Thanks +Lee Valley Tools Ltd (photo by Lee Valley Tools)
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Cowgirl

Cows are such curious creatures and this one was the first to come to check us out as we photographed the herd in Ontario. She hasn’t even finished the grass you see sticking out of her mouth. I guess she was making sure we weren’t going to be a threat to her calf and the rest of the herd.

To see more of my images of animals, go to my animals gallery here http://stevenkennard.com/blog/skgallery/animals

Have a great weekend everyone!

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The View on the Way Down from the Lion’s Head Cliffs

The view of Georgian Bay from the top of Lion's Head – Steven Kennard 2016
The view of Georgian Bay from the top of Lion’s Head – Steven Kennard 2016

The waters of Georgian Bay in Ontario are an extraordinary colour as you can see from this photograph. Apparently they change back to ‘regular’ lake water colour once they become Lake Huron around the top of the Peninsula. This was taken from the top of the cliffs at Lion’s Head. This is a beautiful area of the country and I hope to get back there one day to see more of the sights that I have apparently missed but have been told about by commenters on my previous post.

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Before the Bungee Jump

Overlooking Georgian Bay- Steven Kennard 2016
Overlooking Georgian Bay- Steven Kennard 2016

Our trip to Ontario this spring included a stay on an inlet off Georgian Bay and on one occasion we went on a walk with a climb up through a wood to the top of a cliff overlooking the amazing and unique colours of Georgian Bay itself. Note the absence of handrails (and the presence of rings in the rock for those who climb up the cliff from the shore). It might not look it, but it was a long way down.

It was a tranquil scene unless you suffer from vertigo.

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Night Time Bandits

I have to thank my photo scout, Joni, the Border Collie, for finding me these little models last night. And also my lighting assistant, +Ellie Kennard for holding the flashlight. These two poor little kits were immobilized by the barking of my scout and their mother was nowhere to be seen. I can only assume that they were reunited in the night (and lived happily ever after) as in the morning they were nowhere to be seen.

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