Ken Broadland’s “Teddy Bears’ Picnic”
f you go out in the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise . . . because even the bears are using salad bowls and other products made by Cowichan woodturner Ken Broadland! During his long career as a Conservation Officer, Ken had a special affection for the bears in this area, and now it seems that they are returning the favour by participating in his latest Imagine That! window display. There, during July, you will see bears tossing salad in some of Ken’s salad bowls, slicing bread on his cutting boards, spooning up pudding from his side dishes and munching on fruit laid out in one of his shallow fruit bowls (please use your imagination!). They’re even (naughty bears!) tippling back on wine from bottles held in Ken’s newest creations--wooden wine bottle coasters. All of the products the bears enjoy using are made from special woods salvaged on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands and all of the products are finished with food-safe walnut oil and beeswax. The Artist Ken Broadland
Specializing in salad bowls & servers all items made from local woods Live-edge spalted Maple bowl by Ken Broadland
majority of items are made from local Bigleaf Maple which Nature has decorated with unusual figure like birdseye or curly grain, or which She’s artistically painted through the spalting process. Other beautiful woods which Ken uses include birdseye Yellow Cedar, Western Red Cedar burls, colorful Plum, dramatic Cherry and, of course, the sometimes tempermental Arbutus. Recently the bears have dug up and delivered some birdseye Arbutus root burls which add another dimension to Ken’s work as the bowls and vessels “express themselves” with shape-changes and textured skin after being turned on the lathe. You can find Ken’s work on display at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic in the Imagine That! big window throughout July, with more to see inside the store and at Ken’s home studio west of Duncan.
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