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A Visit with Richard Crowe (October 15, 2012)

I visited Richard on a bright September morning. He was busy carving in his garage after returning from a morning workout at the gym. Richard is retired and spends as much time as possible working on his carvings. When the weather turns colder he works in his basement workshop. His garage was packed but his work area was very tidy. Even the wood shavings on the floor were well-contained. He keeps them handy because they are useful for closing cracks in the wood stock. A neat pile of chamfered four-foot pine logs was stored under a table. He dries his wood for two years, one year outside under the porch and another year in the garage.

Richard is currently working on two big pieces, both pictured below: a large moose intended as a special birthday present for his daughter, and a large lady for the 2013 Lunenburg Folk Art Festival. 


A moose carving
beginning to sprout ears


Explaining what the
lady might look like


The painted ends of
the logs slows down the
drying and reduces cracking.

Richard thinks about objects to carve almost all the time and sketches on an iPad to develop concepts. He carves most every day, leaving the painting until the Spring when he can do it outside to avoid fumes. Richard regards his folk art carving as a journey to explore and develop unique pieces. 2008 was his first year at the Lunenburg Folk Art Festival and he sold all of his pieces. He was sad when they sold as he had lived with them for over a year.

Richard retired as director of the Atlantic Region /Department of Public Works after a 40-year career.  In 1995, he was Project Manager for the Halifax Summit (G7), a 1.5 year project which he greatly enjoyed. He had to deal with the US Secret Service and their uber protective concern for Bill Clinton.  The summit dinner was to be held at the Waegowoltic Club and the US agents put a translucent plastic screen over the large dining room windows to prevent trouble makers from looking in. The grounds were already protected by Canadian sharp shooters in the woods, navy boats in the water and helicopters overhead. Richard wanted the screens taken down as they ruined the ambience of the dining room. Higher levels of both the US and Canadian government were involved in talks before Richard prevailed and the screens came down. ( W Miller)


The 1995 G7 Participants
(click on photo for names)



The 1995 summit saw the start of
the "Halifax Initiative", a group
calling for reform of international
financial institutions.

The Waegowoltic Club. The US
Secret Service tried to cover
the windows with translucent
plastic sheets

Footnote - The Halifax G7 cost $25 million for security. The 2010 G8/G20 in Ontario cost Canadians about $1 billion.




Some Recent
Richard Crowe Carvings



Richard Crowe's Table at the 2012 Lunenburg Folk Art Festival
Richard's Table at the
2012 Lunenburg Folk Art
Festival


2010 Carving
Mary Jane
Height 44 inches


2011 Carving
Turkey
Height 31 inches


2012 Carving
Big Rooster
Height 52 inches