Author Archives: Steven Kennard

Bees on Milkweed

A black and yellow bee with clearly defined veined wings and fuzzy outlined leg parts is sitting on a bunch of pink and green milkweed flowers. His body is covered in orange fluff.The unopened ones are a lovely fuzzy pink with fuzzy green calyxes. The open ones are a smooth pale pink shaped like small cups around the centre. The background is mainly soft green with a soft blue centre. Another bee, not in focus, is behind the first one.
Bee on Milkweed

These cold and bleak fall days our wild and honey bees are nowhere to be seen, so it’s lovely to look back on the halcyon summer days when this scene was so common. Who would have thought milkweed flowers were so lovely? Have a lovely day, friends.
This was taken with my 180mm macro lens.

Custom Furniture

Dining Table and Chairs
Dining Table and Chairs

I wanted to add this project with the photographs to my site, as it was a commission from a few years back that for some reason never made it here! The details are all in the gallery below, click to view each in full screen and the information is posted on each. The wood is birdseye and curly maple.

Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo

This little male Philadelphia Vireo has spent the past two days trying to get into my sitting room through a closed window. (Pretty sure this is what this is, according to my bird app.) I guess he is seeing his reflection in the window and thinks it’s a rival male needing to be driven off.

Beaded Box With Thuya Interior

Spiral textured beaded box with thuya burl interior

This box is distinguished by a newly developed technique producing a spiral texture on the lid and a beautifully even finely woven appearance on the sides with a translucent red ink wash. Made of African Blackwood for the exterior, a smooth bead on top and bottom of the body and lid contain the textured areas. The interior is lined with the wonderfully redolent and warm coloured thuya burl. Full size images on the gallery here.

Spiral textured beaded box with thuya burl interior

This piece is available for purchase. Contact me if interested. African Blackwood, textured exterior with a translucent red ink wash. Height: 2 1/2″ (65mm), Diameter 2 3/8″ (60mm)

Focus on Teardrops

Trio of Teardrops
Trio of Teardrops

See what happens when you leave two teardrops on their own together! 😉

After nearly 40 years of making the teardrop box, which has become one of my signature pieces, I decided to start turning them in various sizes, as they look so nice in a grouping this way. Often, if people have not seen the actual work, but just photographs of them, they don’t realize that these are boxes as the join is almost invisible. For this reason I wanted to show one of them open as you see above. The baby one is only just over 1″ in diameter, just big enough to fit a ring snugly inside. The bigger ones range in size between 2.5″ and 3″ in diameter. These are made in African Blackwood each from a single piece.

Multiple Teardrops
Multiple Teardrops

Retrospective Interview

Craft Nova Scotia has created a series of interviews with the Makers featured in “Life’s Work – Conversations with Makers”, produced and directed by Breakwater Studios. This interview is #2 in the series, broadcast March 1, 2021 and features Crystal Garrett talking to myself about the effect the documentary had on me and the direction my creative life has taken since the film came out. The film is 37 minutes in length and can be played full screen. I hope you enjoy it. – Steven