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Teom's artwork is not limited to decorative wood carving. He treats all of his projects as art. Even technical projects are a blend of science and artistic flare. It does matter if it is landscaping, welding, carpentry, architecture, bronze casting, building construction or any strange project, they all bare his unique style.
The island protruding above the glass is a separate piece from the part below the glass. They are held together by powerful magnets. The two seals to the right of the island were created in the same way. Their heads and bodies are separate pieces held together by magnetic force. They can be moved around the glass table top as desired. Both the island and the seals may be removed to restore a functional table top or to simply clean the glass.
Creating a wildlife magnet. Building this pond was an exercise in good planning and observation. The area in front of this house was low and prone to flooding. A 9 foot deep pit was dug in this area. Then it was partially filled with sand and many drainage pipes. This construction served as a water level control structure. After it was built, flooding was no longer an issue. Unfortunately, the wildlife that depended on the pond were negatively affected. The decision to build a decorative pond on top of the water control structure was then obvious. This pond is connected to rain gutter pipes from all the buildings on this property. When it rains, the pond is quickly filled. Water from the pond is then used for irrigation and, most importantly, to satisfy the needs of wildlife.
Carving a weathered piece of Arbutus was challenging! Most of the wood was hard like concrete but the remainder was like grey powder. Unfortunately for Larry, his right side was a little soft. After I finished craving, his right lip fell off. After much facial reconstruction, Larry looked fierce again but with a slightly smaller face.
Wood bases for exotic rocks and stones. Carving wood bases for exotic rocks and semi precious stones is a delicate and time consuming process. The bases are carved to fit the rocks or stones "like a glove". They provide stability and a stylish way to display these beautiful objects. It is vitally important that the stones or rocks cannot fall over as they are valuable.
Sport fishing, in the past, was a sport for the nobility. Some of the lures used were made by skilled craftsmen. Fishing flies are probably the pinnacle of the sport fishing world. The Lady Amherst Fly was often used to fish for Atlantic salmon. This wood carving was made in the same spirit as the original fly with multiple steps and exotic materials. Within this frame is a wood carving (center), a functional Lady Amherst fishing fly (top right) and a Canada Post commemorative stamp honoring the tradition of fly fishing in Canada (bottom left).
Dragon Flies. I have always like to watch dragon flies. It is amazing how they fly. There are so many species and their colours are vibrant. They are dragons in every way. When they were nymphs living beneath the pond's surface, they look like little dragons and were voracious predators. They continue their predatory nature after they emerge and metamorphose into the winged adults. Truly one of nature's little wonders.
Eagle light shade. This eagle carving graces the foyer of a house that is open to the second floor. With such a large space to decorate, a full sized eagle carving was commissioned to fit the space. This eagle light shade was carved from Red and Yellow cedar from Vancouver Island, Canada. Both wings were carved from a single piece of Red cedar while the head, body and tail were carved from Yellow cedar.
Carriage wheel chandelier. A high vaulted ceiling is a good location for a carriage wheel chandelier in a country style home. Carriage wheels in good condition are difficult to find and are very heavy. This decorative wheel was constructed in a similar way as traditional wheels but uses light weight woods. The carriage wheel was suspended with jute fiber ropes and a pulley. It can be easily raised or lowered for cleaning and maintenance.
This walking stick was made for a woman with mobility issues. The ring handle design was carved to allow her hands to grip it from multiple angles. Also, the ring shape makes it less likely to fall out of her hand. When the walking stick was completed, I straddled it between two tables and then sat in the middle. This was the proof of strength. It did not break and I was then confident to send it to her.