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Arnold Veen - stop J

3288 Line 9 North -Braestone Centre / Tel: (705) 726-2638

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GPS: N 44° 35.036 - W 79° 34.849

GPS Decimal (Google) 44.58394, -79.58081

This year Arnold has been working on some very exciting woods obtained from Ontario’s forests. Locally he was able to source many burls from Simcoe County region. Burls, a rarity, are the most challenging and exciting pieces to work on but are also the most rewarding. In January and February, there were road trips to loggers in southern Ontario in search of walnut, elm, black cherry, and ambrosia maple logs. March saw the delivery of a huge ash tree, a casualty of the emerald ash borer. The wood will live on though, decorating many tables. The biggest burl ever to see his shop floor, from a weeping willow, came in April, Arnold has won multiple awards and is also a proud member of the provincial "Ontario Wood" program. He carefully and selectively looks for woods with inner beauty and diverse grain patterns, prospecting for hidden treasures. Natural edge creations are sought after and collected for their rustic and irregular appearance. Clean-edged traditional styles of wood turnings are also made. No matter your style choice, each will show the extraordinary features attributed to the various species available in Ontario. Each wood turning begins from green wet wood, is hollowed into a rough form, and left to air dry for up to one year. When this form dries and stabilizes, Arnold then reworks and fine-tunes the shape of the bowl into a unique and creative work of art. Lastly, a food-safe finish is applied which allows the items to be functional and/or decorative. Arnold’s home studio is located at 16 Wells Crescent in Barrie and is available by appointment.

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