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Spiders have always fascinated me. Arachnids are a family of carnivorous insects that inhabit every corner of Earth. The spider is a remarkable insect as it builds webbed nests in which to raise its young and trap its food. I met this spider on a Canoe-trip on the French River of Northern Ontario where I spotted it sitting over a large crack min the granite shore. I gently pushed it off the nest to admire at least 200 - 300 tiny babt spiders it was protecting. then, looking down the crack further i nsaw a nest of baby Mississauga rattle snakes.  Such are the wonderful symbiotic relationships in nature where one or more species serve to protect each other.  The mother spider returned to her nest a few minutes later to leave them unmolested. 

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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