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If you want you can “Follow Me”

There is a juried exhibit that comes around the Fraser Valley of British Columbia every two years. It is called the “Fraser Valley Biennale”.

I managed to get my carving “Removing Angry Thoughts” accepted the couple years prior and I really wanted to repeat the next time around. The artist call for submissions came out and they had a deadline of two weeks. The only problem was I hadn’t had a chance to create something that wasn’t a commission of some sort or a piece that wasn’t a special carving for some milestone. I lacked a purely original non specific piece. One of the rules was that the submitted pieces you entered had to have been done within the last 2 years and nothing older so I couldn’t simply submit an older piece (with good conscience that is).

In a last ditch effort I grabbed a huge, solid piece of Red cedar I had hanging around and stared anxiously at it hoping some grand idea would jump out at me. It didn’t!

So out of desperation and pressure I simply scribbled a line on the big surface and proceeded to carve a 3 dimensional version of said scribble. The beginning and end of the line met to create one unending path and I started to carve. To give it more depth I had the lines go under and on top of each other.

After about a week and a half of carving, with what seemed forever, I had finished my newest piece and took some photos, ready to submit. With this being one of my more challenging pieces to date I was lucky enough to once again be accepted into the exhibit. Yay!!

When looking at it I dare you to not try and follow the line to see where it goes and if it indeed does create an unending loop. Hence the title “Follow Me”

Thanks for looking!

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  1. Ah geeze, that is really wonderful. Amazing really. I am so glad you couldnt think of what to do. Wow. I used to watch a wood carver in the town I used to live in, his name was Junior Cobb. Such a wonderful skill.

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