Friday, July 22, 2016
Finds and Souvenirs
Gina Noordhof. Her sweet book of The Twelve Days of Christmas in Newfoundland and Labrador is a smash hit and has also become a part of the local school curriculum.
"On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 2 tea dolls."
You can watch a short video of the "secret of the tea doll" HERE.
The partridgeberry can be harvested in the fall but is sweeter when you wait until the first frost or two. Even better is waiting until the following spring!
Master Carver Abiel Taylor"
[learned the art of carving from his grandfather during the 1950's. Today, two of Abiel's sons are following in his footsteps and mastering the art of carving. Together, this trio is producing extraordinary pieces of art. At Taylor's studio, you will see a wide selection of carvings made from soapstone, serpentine, whalebone, and moose and caribou antler." ]
I asked about the whalebone and he said that any bone that can actually be carved is
more than two hundred years old. Even if it was only a hundred years old there would still
be soft tissue in it. If you boiled it, it would become to brittle to carve.
He mentioned that it was two hundred years ago that the whaling fishery in Labrador figured out how to grind up the bones for fertiliser. So, after that time, there was less actual bone around to be had.
Well that brings me to the end of my Northern Peninsula Travel Blog series. Thank you for visiting and following along.