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The Garter Snake is a non-venomous snake that lives in the Eastern Great Lakes Region of the United States and Canada. The Garter Snake is a frequently observed snake. The  Massassauga Rattle snake is less common and occasionally seen on the Pre-Cambrian rocks around the French and Pickerel Rivers of Ontario. The Massassauga Rattle Snake is venomous but Protected! They are not aggressive and would rather hide than bite. The rattle makes a buzzing sound almost like that of a bee. Their prey is mice and and other small rodents. Consider yourself honoured if you see one as they are shy and rarely seen.

The Frame is  7" x 7" square stained Hardwood. Round opening is 5" dia. Artwork is covered with a Clear Domed glass lens.

Giving rise to an idea for a carving can be a daunting experience. Whether you’re an Author, a Painter or any other creative pursuit a project has to begin with an idea! How does an artist generate an idea for a carving subject? Almost all of my inspiration comes from the natural world and I am equally delighted by all creatures, large or small. A small Hummingbird is incredibly beautiful as is North America’s largest deer, the Moose. The fragility of a small Butterfly must convey that delicate fragility in the carving in addition to the startling beauty of its design. The power and size of the Moose must also be expressed. The final piece may take days or weeks to complete and once completed, the wood must be sealed with a durable finish and left to cure in preparation for casting a mold. The sealing and painting process must not lose or diminish any of the fine details of the hand-carved original. 

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