Woodworkers in the early days of settlement in Saskatchewan were scattered all over the province from remote backwoods to bustling communities along the rail lines. Some operated successful commercial businesses in towns and on their farms, while others honed their skills in obscure seclusion. Some were well trained and accomplished, while others had never before held an axe. Not only did they demonstrate a great deal of ingenuity and perseverance, but they also showed a deep passion and a sense of creative achievement. Ingrained Legacy: Saskatchewan Pioneer Woodworkers 1870-1930 surveys the lives and creations of over eighty dedicated pioneer woodworkers who made their home in Saskatchewan, all of whom carved their creations by hand with locally available materials. Synopses of their lives, backgrounds, and talents are accompanied by over 400 black-and-white photographs and insights into the difficulty of survival in pioneer times. A “must-read” for anyone interested in the history of woodworking or seeking inspiration from those who considered it their passion when breaking ground in a new land.
INGRAINED LEGACY by Judith Silverthorne