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Habitat for Humanity House Party!

Delicious food, live music, great auction prizes–that’s only a small taste of what will await you at the RBC Convention Centre on Thursday, November 2, 2017 for Habitat for Humanity Manitoba’s House Party.

2017 has been a very exciting year for Habitat both locally and nationally. As you probably know, President and Mrs. Carter visited Winnipeg on July 13th and 14th to participate in the Carter Work Project. INAKA was privileged to create the art piece that was presented to them (see following article).

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Habitat has committed to building 150 homes across Canada, with 25 being built right here in Manitoba. To give the new owners something special for their new homes, INAKA donated an art or furniture piece to each of the 25 families. It felt good to be able to help in a small way.

At the house party on Thursday night (6-10 pm), seven of our pieces (see below) will be available.

chess table, middle-easternA chess table of the highest calibre is designed to accentuate even the most sophisticated room. Two edges of the Manitoba oak table are engraved with lines from Omar Khayyam’s poem of the same title. 

The 4 openwork pillars contain a branch that is double gold-leafed. The sides are lightened by catenary arches distinctive of Moghul architecture.

The Manitoba oak stools can also be used as side tables, but are sturdy enough to stand upon and declare your victory!

chess-piecesThe chess pieces’ East Indian theme complement the Persian-inspired table.The individuals are carved from elk antler and are unique in that each has its own face, expression, and raiment.

The pieces are based on images of people from ancient India. The rooks resemble the corner towers of the Taj Mahal.

abstractOrchids, by their nature tend to have non-traditional flower shapes, so I decided to extend their unfamiliar shapes into more abstract ones to see where the forms ceased to resemble orchids.

I started with realistic versions of each (3 tube orchids, 5 lady-slippers and 3 dragon mouths), then started playing with the shapes, getting more and more abstract until it ceased to be an orchid.

manitoba-sweet-bTwo slip-matched pieces of live edge Manitoba Maple bridged with frosted glass segments create a boardroom or dining table that proves prairie woods are exotic woods.

Six comfortable transparent acrylic chairs with custom powder-coated bases retain a clear view of the beautiful edges of the wood and maintain the elegant, modern aspect of the suite.

The benches were designed for comfort first and appear to float at the ends of the table. Their design and low height allows one to see through it while still supporting one’s back (whether you are 5’2” or 6’3”).

fine-art-antler-carving-beardless-irisThe Beardless Iris is so named because the styles of the flower lie flat upon the petals as opposed to the more common type of iris where the styles are more filamentous, or bearded.

The iris flower is one of the more complicated to carve because of the many pieces it is composed of and the curved and flowing nature of its parts.

The sinuous curves of the stems and leaves blend into one another such that, in some lighting situations, the sculpture almost looks abstract.

The flowers and leaves are carved from deer, moose and elk antler and mounted on a birch base.

If one were to design a machine for uneven terrain, one would invent a crab. Perfectly balanced and fast moving, a crab is a delight to watch on the beach.

The inspiration for this piece came from watching a crab rear up and threaten me when I came too close. Even though I was obviously much larger than the crab could conceivably challenge, it gamely lifted its claws towards me as if to say “come on punk, make my day!” You had to be impressed with that kind of bravado.

This piece is made from elk antler and each segment of each leg is fashioned separately, then joined. True to INAKA quality, the correct number of segments in each leg and body part is present. The eyes are faceted and the crab sits atop a base of Manitoba Maple.

sandblasted glass, LED candles
This is my politically correct version of an ashtray. It is actually made of ash wood with a silhouette of the tree sandwiched between two pieces of sandblasted glass. The piece is reminiscent of the hoar frost that accentuates the outline of an ash tree.

The top layer is tempered glass for safety purposes. It is designed to be easily disassembled so the glass can be replaced if one should ever manage to break it. When not in use, the tray can be marvellously displayed with a backlight.

We see them all the time, stuck up in corners of the garden shed or under the eaves of the house. Usually we are quite surprised to see them because they appear so suddenly.

Nonetheless, we are still interested in the nests—their papery delicacy and the bustle of insects crawling over and through it. This piece allows the observer to handle the nest safely. The nest rests partially hidden below a branch, a world unto itself, wanting only to be left alone.

The wasp nest is made from a single piece of moose antler. Five wasps are carved on its surface, again from the single piece of antler, so the whole is durable and meant to be handled. The nest hangs from a branch which is carved from elk antler. The nest attaches to the branch by means of a hidden magnet, so it can be detached for handling.

We are honored to be part of Habitat for Humanity Manitoba’s House Party. For tickets and other information: http://www.habitat.mb.ca/events-houseparty.cfm