The 2014 Hortons Brier Organizing Committee has asked carvers to work with them to create a four-corner ice display.
As a result, a contest has been launched for interested wood carvers around the world to create memorable curling sculptures.
Kathy Phoenix, a curler and wood carver from Kamloops, explains the contest.
Have you noticed the miniature curling rock carvings in the showcase window at the entrance of the Kamloops Curling Club? I wanted to take a moment of your time to:
- Explain the significance of the display and tell you what it is all about.
- Let you know that we will be asking you to assist with People’s Choice Award voting in February.
- Ask for your immediate assistance to get the word out to family and friends across Canada (and the world) who might be interested in participating in the Miniature Curling Rock Carving Contest for the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier.
1. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DISPLAY AND WHAT IT IS ABOUT:
Some of the miniature curling rock carvings in the showcase will be displayed on the ice during the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, may be shown on TSN, and will be signed by the 2014 Canadian champions. The carvings in the showcase window were created as a “for fun” project by students at the September 2013 Shuswap School of Carving and Arts. To see all of the carvings done at the School and the winners, visit http://www.bccarvingschool.com/miniature-curling-rock-carving-contest.html. The Tim Hortons Brier Gold Medallist Team members will sign the 1st place carvings and the Silver Medallist Team members will sign the 2nd place carvings.
The Tim Hortons Brier Organizing Committee asked the Kamloops area carvers to work with them to create a four-corner ice display. When we approached The Organizing Committee to see if medallist teams might agree to sign our school’s winning carvings, they agreed. However, much to our dismay, they also invited us to participate in their event by working with them to create their four-corner ice display for The Brier. During ensuing discussions we agreed that the 1st corner will be dedicated to work from the Shuswap School of Carving and Arts (including the winners of our School’s carving contest), the 2nd corner will be dedicated to work from the Kamloops Carving Club, the 3rd corner will be dedicated to work from the Kamloops Woodworkers Guild, and the 4th corner will be dedicated to the winners of the worldwide Miniature Curling Rock Carving Contest for the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier.
The worldwide Miniature Curling Rock Carving Contest for the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier became possible when editors of Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine heard about our school’s contest and the invitation to the wood carving and wood working community to participate in The Brier. When the publishers of Woodcarving Illustrated took an interest, it became a way to open up our School’s contest to participants from across Canada and, indeed, the world, since the magazine is distributed worldwide. They published an article on page 12 of their 2013 Fall Issue of Woodcarving Illustrated. Copies of the magazine are available at most magazine outlets.
2. PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD VOTING AT THE KAMLOOPS CURLING CLUB – FEBRUARY 16 – 22, 2014
The entries will be displayed at the Kamloops Curling Club commencing Sunday, February 16th. Formal judging will occur in the “Best Rendition” and “Most Original” categories, and we are asking the Kamloops Curling Club members and visitors to cast their votes for The People’s Choice Award category during the week of February 16-22. Thereafter, the winning carvings will be moved to the Interior Savings Centre four-corner ice display during the week of The Tim Hortons Brier and, space permitting, the rest of the “sculptures” will remain on display at the Kamloops Curling Club until The Brier is over. We hope that all of you will participate and cast your vote – this will be done by a Single Transferrable Ballot where we will ask you to rank your favourite carvings in order of preference.
3. PLEASE HELP US CIRCULATE THE CONTEST DETAILS AND ENTRY FORM TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS ACROSS CANADA WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING
The deadline for receipt of carved entries is Friday, February 14, 2014 (although we’d prefer to receive as many as possible by January 30th). If you don’t carve yourself, you may have an idea for a carving and might collaborate with a carver or wood worker to submit a joint entry of a miniature curling rock “sculpture” in wood, stone or clay, or a combination of such. The Contest Details and Entry Form are attached for your convenience. For any updates about the contest, and/or to print copies of the Contest Details or Entry Form, visit our website at http://www.bccarvingschool.com/2014-tim-hortons-brier-curling-rock-carving-contest.html. These documents can also be obtained from the showcase window display at the Kamloops Curling Club.
We look forward to your interest and participation so that we can help The Tim Hortons Brier Organizing Committee make this Canadian championship event as fun and entertaining as possible for the curlers and viewing audience alike (that would be us, too, of course). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Les Eliason (Monday and Friday Night Curler) at the address below.