Recently when we were taking photos for our Alderney Landing Farmers Market Market Info Page we met John Robidoux, who told us the wonderful story you’ll read about below. I asked John to send me a piece describing the Nova Scotia Wildlife Carvers and Artists Association Vendors Table at the Alderney Landing Market. Below is what He wrote, and you can see John, and the Table, at the Alderney Landing Farmers Market Market and I’m sure you’ll be glad you did! …
In June 2011 ten members of the Nova Scotia Wildlife Carvers and Artists Association started a very ambitious project. In January of 2011, Bob Matheson, an avid contributor to the NSWC&AA passed away. Initially, the NSWC&AA decided to carve a plaque with his name on it. The club always wanted to do something for the market so we took the opportunity to propose “supeing up” a vendors table in order for schools to raise money for school trips, sport teams, charitable causes etc. by selling raffle tickets and bake sales and such.
Bob was the owner of East Coast Specialty Hardwoods in Dartmouth. His daughter Sarah Matheson is now president and when we approached her with the idea she was all for it. Initially the project was planned with pine or spruce. Sarah let us loose in the warehouse with carte blanche and all of a sudden we had the whole warehouse to choose from.
The table is made of a one piece solid slab 2 inch thick South American Mahogoney top and 4 inch thick basswood canopy. Six panels make up the canopy top and that is fit between two carved and painted ends. The panels depict hawks, eagles, falcons, Bobs two Labrador retrievers , the carvers club logo and the acknowledgements.
I cut out the canopy pieces with help from Mill-Right Woodworking inc. and handed them out to members before our summer break in June. When we returned in Sept. the first two pieces returned and the rest trickled in with the last piece arriving in Feb. When I handed the pieces out to the carvers I said it was entirely up to them what goes on the piece. The carvers painted their own work and the table looks marvelous.
To say this table is one of a kind is an understatement. We have beavers, deer, geese, ducks, dolphins, starfish, whale tails, marlin, mahi mahi, seahorses, cardinals, loons, eagles, hawks and much more.
Completed in Febuary 2012 this table can be seen 7 days a week at Alderney Landing at the Dartmouth waterfront. The club meets every Thursday at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax between 7 and 9 pm. Carving courses will be offered at the Dartmouth Farmers Market at Alderney Landing on Saturdays between 1000 and 1200 noon beginning the last Saturday in Sept. The club will hold the provincial competition in the spring of 2013.
For more information, see John Robidoux at the the Alderney Landing Farmers Market Market or contact Him at 902-435-3078.
We want to thank John for this article, and we also want to thank the Nova Scotia Wildlife Carvers and Artists Association for the work they did in building the Vendors Table so schools can raise money for school trips, sport teams, charitable causes etc. by selling raffle tickets and bake sales and such.