I had a special request from a lady who was a recipient of one of my earlier wooden maps of Nova Scotia. She wanted one made for her son who was working away, missing his home province. The son had grown up with a special attachment to his grandfather, who worked on his farm.
As most farmers, they walk in and out of their barn many times a day. Not much thought given to the door, so long as its swinging and closing ok. The grandfather has since passed on, and the lady wanted me to make a map of Nova Scotia from the remaining boards left from the door. The special tie between the boards, and the grandfather’s life that revolved around them, are sure to provide a special significance to the son. I was happy, and honoured, to take on the task.
Other than a slight sanding, I left the boards as original as possible. Then spent Saturday slowly cutting out the coastline of Nova Scotia. The goal from the beginning was to try and cut away the remaining boards without breaking them. I broke several blades accomplishing the task but I was successful.
The lady now has two maps! The backer boards for the Nova Scotia wood map #10 came from the uncle’s barn. I believe they were part of the interior animal stalls. I nice tie in and reminder of family work and history.