Talent to Spare

Our friend Bruce Glover is a talented man. Not only does he know a lot about the habits of many animals, he can paint and carve their likenesses with such skill that any of his subjects would be flattered if they could see his work. Here, Bruce stands before a display of some of his work on loan to a seniors’ residence.

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One of Bruce’s favourite birds to carve is the brant goose. Here is a flock of them flying near Goose Spit on Vancouver Island. Notice the various wing positions in this photo and the next one.

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Now compare the live birds with carvings that he has made.

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This life-size brant has fooled many an admirer whose first inclination is to touch it to see if it’s real. Of course, touching a carving is a no-no, because even the cleanest fingers leave an oily residue that would soon break down the paint. This brant is carved from wood and each feather looks delicate when you look closely. It’s hard to believe it’s not alive.

The little miniature ducks at the brant’s feet don’t belong there. That was my own (silly) addition to the scene.

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Bruce also did this flock of Canada geese …

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and this one of the pileated woodpecker.

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The black brant carved right into this piece of wood was meant to be a sign by our driveway. We didn’t like to leave it out in all kinds of weather though, and it now hangs in the house.001

A very large sign that Bruce has recently made covers the whole table in his shop. The bend in the wood is from the way the trunk grew when the tree was knocked over by a larger tree that fell on it. The small tree continued to grow for many years and had a huge trunk when it was finally knocked down. It makes a unique piece to work with.

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The lettering is part of the wood, not pieced on. So is the salmon which is about to eat a smaller fish. A great deal of work went into making this large sign which will hang at the entrance to a fishing charter business. You won’t find another one like it anywhere.032

25 thoughts on “Talent to Spare

  1. That is absolutely stunning! I’m rather impressed with the background on the signs. Something that might seem insignificant, he’s put so much work into. Mr. Glover is a very talented artist!

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    • You may have seen the pale-bellied brant (branta bernicla hrota) which goes to Europe and the Atlantic flyway (I think!). I’m not an expert on this, but I know the Pacific (black brant – branta vernicla nigricans) flies from California to Alaska and is sometimes seen in east Asia, particularly in Japan. Occasionally they get mixed up in each other’s flyways. And yes, Bruce really does love birds.

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  2. I like it when an artist and sculptor work with wood and nature as their subject matter, Anneli. Bruce Glover must be a fascinating friend and great company at a meal, telling stories about his subject matters. He should write a blog! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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