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Alex Ferri  Carver & Maker. Working with wood & bone. Finding inspiration in Nature, Old Cultures, History and Art. Creating art in Ontario.

This year I decided I wanted to take a week or so to make my shop a little more workable! Well they say it gets worse before it gets better, and from where I was starting that was a pretty scary thought.
The first few photos were taken of my shop in pretty decent shape, the video ending with the clean or die sign (made by @i_carve_manitoulin ) was my shop in full production chaos. Then it gets worse! To insulate, and sheet the walls I had to move everything to one side of the shop. After the bulk of the work was done it was a slow process of placing the shelving and creating doors to keep the dust from collecting!
Now everything has its spot, and is placed in the most efficient way I could imagine. This will make the work a lot more pleasant this coming year!

Well here we are, the top nine posts from 2018, and heres a big thanks for all the support, and friends along the way! Even though this was a year with its challenges, I'm only glad it's over to see what 2019 is going to bring! This year is going to be about wood working, and festivals first!

This was a fun project in the middle of doing a bunch of custom work! This is a design that has really grown with me. This was originally designed like a foresters version of a pirate flag, and after a few burnings I redesigned this to resemble a crest as well. The axes were very intensionally designed as traditional chopping axes, and definitely was very representative of my lifestyle working in urban forestry.
Now as a woodworker, responsible forestry is still a big part of what I do. I love the forest, and I love being able to responsibly harvest materials in a way that doesn't have a huge negative impact on our woodlands.

Hey folks, come on out to the Signal Brewing Company and check out the holiday bazaar! There's great beer, food, and artisans to check out. It'll be a great way to spend this lightly snowy day!

Hello all, it has been a little over a month since my last show, so I'm catching one before the chistmas shows start! I'll be vending at the artisans collective market (@artisancollectivemarket) tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday! This will be the grand opening of this indoor market at 279 front street in Belleville! Hope to see some of you there!

Well here I am with a long overdue fairwell to summer. This year has been a blur with a lot of ups and a few downs.
I was lucky enough to vend at three folk festivals, two beer festivals, and the Blades of Glory medieval festival. I made new friends, and reconnected with old friends. Had a lot of laughs and great conversations!
Getting back into the festival scene has been great! It feels like coming home after the seven years I took off, and I'm looking forward to putting even more into it next year!
My beer steins have pretty much become my life now, but I do have plans of expanding what I offer.
The candle lantern I made early this year is something I want to start producing. I have always found it to be a beautiful design, and it seems like a great way to honour my dad who used to make them.
When I built my own timber frame booth, I found a love for that as well, and I'm hoping to be able to do a few builds next year and maybe expand into doing garden sheds and tiny homes!
All in all I feel like my purpose in life is woodworking, and I need to concentrate my energies on just that.
So I would like to thank @mariposafolk @summerfolk @riverandsky @bladesofgloryca @makewaves and @mackinnonbrewing for the chance to be a vendor.
Thanks to my wife @dahliamayflowerfarm to my sister @pennyrosecreations and my friends @willowferndesigns and @germinate for all the help along the way!
Lets all have a great fall, relaxing winter and a fun but busy spring and summer!

This weekend I'm vending at the Blades of Glory mediaeval festival in Hastings. You can find details of this event at @bladesofglorycanada! Here is a look into the process of some of my wood burning. While I get some pieces done for the weekend. This shows everything from the designing to the finished product. Designing these celtic knots is pretty straight forward with a compass, but one has to keep pretty sharp to keep them weaving properly!

Well folks, it's been a busy month so far with two more shows to go! Tomorrow my brother and I will be set up next to my sister @pennyrosecreations and my friend at the Creemore Copper Kettle Festival. It's looking like it'll be a great show!

Here we are back at River and Sky festival! It's hard to believe it has already been a year since we were here.
Last year this was my first festival in almost eight years. The overwhelming positive vibe to this festival will have us coming back as long as we can!
So here we are a year later, and even though we will be doing a few more festivals this year, this one is my favorite!

I'm on my way to @riverandsky festival tomorrow! Here's a new project I hope to use for my booth! I remember spending many festivals in the past worrying about wind and rain, and seeing many canopies collapse, or take flight. A lot of the pop-up canopies one can buy are not made for much bad weather. So many cedar timbers later, here's the final product to an idea I've had for years! As you all can see I'm not much on technical drawings.
I highly recommend checking out this festival! I hope to see many of you there!

Well it's been a lot of work this last month getting ready for this, but here we are at Mariposa folk festival! It's been around eight years since I've last been here, and already I've run into a lot of old friends! The new direction I've taken my work is being really well recieved!
Being back at the festivals after so many years feels good. I'm feeling like myself again!

Hey there, it's been a while due to the very hectic schedual I have this time of year. In the making of this barrel I missed photographing several steps. There was a few attempts at figuring out the spigot. I couldn't find any kind of tips on making one. Even after oiling the wood it would still swell to the point of not operating smoothly. Then I saw a picture that shows a cork gasket in it. It took a little figuring to drill out a cork with a 5/8" hole accurately, but I got it with a simple jig! The spigot moves smoothly, and the barrel took about half an hour to swell out to water tight, and even then it lost very little! This was quite the learning project for me, but my first barrel was delivered to a mead hall for it's home!

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