retiring from a career in tourism in 1981, Evelyn found that
she had a passion for carving after attending a short course
in carving miniature wild fowl. She has since devoted much of
her time to refining her wood carving skills. Her inspiration
has been drawn from nature, and she carves a variety of decorative
song birds and wild fowl.
the past several years, Evelyn has taken courses and seminars
with internationally recognized instructors such as Glen Mc Murdo,
Jim Sprankle, Bob Lavender and Bruce Leper. Evelyn has attended
many Ontario wood carving competitions to date resulting in an
impressive display of ribbons that
adorn her small workshop in Belleville, Ontario, CANADA. In April
of 2004 she was pleased to add to her collection a first place
and an honourable mention received from the Ward World Championship
Carving Exposition in Ocean City, Maryland.
has helped several people along the way, develop an interest
and hone their skills in carving, and has been a ‘mentor’ to
a few aspiring artists. Evelyn currently belongs to the Quinte
Woodcarving Club in Belleville, and continues to devote many
hours a week to her creative hobby.
would call herself a 'self taught multi media artist'. For 12 years,
soft sculpture, one of a kind, intrigued her, and it was a pleasant
diversion for her while her young family was growing up. Carol
ventured into wood carving in 1998, with her talented mother, Evelyn
Hurford, as her mentor. Evelyn had begun carving birds and wild
fowl at 60 years of age, and encouraged Carol to give it a try. " I
quickly found my 'passion" says Carol." I was lucky enough
to place very well in the novice division at woodcarving shows
within the first 2 years and moved on to intermediate at that point".
Carol presently does at least one show a year, relishing in the
critiques of the judges to assist in her growth as a carver.
placed 2nd for two years in a row at the novice level in the Ward
World Carving Competition in Ocean City, Md., one of which won
the purchase award for a miniature heron in 2002 in Belleville,
Ontario, Canada. She has received ribbons or placing's for most
carvings entered into shows, and looks forward to progressing in
her chosen craft in the future.