Fine Details – Shaping the Snakewood Legs

Smoothing the tops of the legs - Image Ellie Kennard 2019

I was commissioned to remake my “Hat in a Box” as the original is in my own collection and not for sale. It was originally made it 2004 and this revisiting of the process was interesting as I had to work out again how to make it. Here Ellie took a photo of me shaping the tops of the legs in the final stages.

Below you see the photograph of the finished box.

“Hat in a Box” African blackwood, snakewood, stainless steel. This box was included in a “Boxes and their Makers” tour of museums in the USA and is a featured box in the book New Masters of the Wooden Box.

Ellie made a post about her photograph which you can find here:


Fog Clinging To Blomidon

Fog Clinging to Blomidon - Steven Kennard 2012
Fog Clinging to Blomidon – Steven Kennard 2012

I came across this photograph taken in warmer weather back in 2012, and have brought it here to share today with the original notes about it. It’s hard to believe that there will be days like this again when someone will be walking through the wet mud in bare feet, collecting shells or stones when the tide is out. Hard to believe when we are in the middle of a snow storm today in below freezing weather!

Original Post: July 9, 2012

Fog Clinging to Blomidon, Viewed from Medford, Nova Scotia – Tide Out

We have the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy (16 meters, 53 feet), so the view is constantly changing. The other evening as the sun was setting the tide was out and the cliff of Blomidon was encapsulated in a shroud of fog, the likes of which we had never seen. We were on the cliffs of Medford at the time. To give you an idea of the expanse, you can see the people walking in the foreground. The tide goes out and comes in at an incredible speed, so walkers have to be very careful not to be caught by incoming tides that cut them off from land.


Daisy Chain Girls

Daisy Chain Girls - Steven Kennard 2012
Daisy Chain Girls – Steven Kennard 2012

Original Post: March 29, 2012

These girls are carrying bags 3 times bigger than my camera bag! Doing what kids do best, shoelaces untied, daisy chains in the hair, best friends together walking to school in the sun. (Or have they just left home?)

Photographed in Germany in May, 2006


Sun in Tulips

Sun in Tulips - Steven Kennard 2012
Sun in Tulips – Steven Kennard 2012

Though winter is still hiding these beauties under frozen ground, maybe these photos will warm our day with promise of better things to come! These were photographed at Karlsruhe Castle in Germany.

Spring Extravaganza - STeven Kennard 2012
Spring Extravaganza – STeven Kennard 2012



Update: This has now, of course disappeared and the woods have completely covered over what remained. The gallery of photos I took that day is below.

Original Post January 20, 2012: Derelict – Scott’s Bay, Nova Scotia

Cautionary tale: This is what happens when you don’t keep your house in good order. I might think twice before entering this place again. It won’t be long before the whole thing collapses.

View the full gallery

Foggy Field, Woodville

Foggy field, Woodville, Nova Scotia - Steven Kennard 2012
Foggy field, Woodville, Nova Scotia – Steven Kennard 2012

Weather can be so variable nowadays. This was taken January 24th, 6 years ago and the conditions were almost exactly the same yesterday as you see here.