Herman de Vries, Winnipeg, MB: Wood
For Herman, wood turning is a labour of love which began when he needed a desk and could not afford to buy one. He built his own. At first, he never considered this an art but, as time went on, the wood began to “speak” to him and soon every piece of firewood became a fresh opportunity. Taking wood from a dying tree on his parent’s 1920’s homestead and turning it into a piece of art preserved something that represented his mother and father. He was able to leave a legacy and a piece of art that people would enjoy.