A little bit about the Log Drivers Waltz necklace:
Last month something sparked a lovely bit of nostalgia for me around the National Film Board of Canada. My family never had a TV but I do remember, on those school days that were far too close to a holiday for kids to actually be able to focus on work, the big projector (later replaced by a TV) would be wheeled in and we would spend our afternoon watching the delightful NFB short films most notably “the Cat Came Back” and the all-time favorite “the Log Driver’s Waltz.” *
Of course I had to look them all up for a current viewing and as silly as it might sound, I actually got intensely emotional while watching the "Waltz" again.
I’ve never really considered myself to be very patriotic- in fact, with dual US and Canadian citizenship by blood and birth, I’ve always seen myself as a North American rather than belonging to either country specifically. But there it was, with Kate & Anna McGarrigle’s voices coming through the speakers and flannel and toque clad loggers twirling on the screen I was struck with how sweetly, simply and honestly Canadian the film is –I was feeling serious pangs of Canadian pride! I had to do a piece to celebrate it :)
As I am often haunted by unfulfilled creative projects, I've been waking each morning since to a head full of the "...birling down, a down white water..." so here is my homage to the great “Log Driver’s Waltz” I hope you love it as much as I do!
This piece of heart-warming Canadiana consists of a perfect miniature axe of pressed solid brass, paired with a hand-stamped tag bearing the words “For he goes birling…” Hanging from the tag in the back is a tiny wooden “log” bead. The necklace is packaged on a paper backing and arrives in a handmade, buttoned pouch of classic red shirt flannel.
The tag is approx. 5.4 cm long (2 1/8 in)
The plated brass chain is 87 cm (34 in)
Note: Each necklace and pouch is lovingly handmade by me, therefore they are perfectly unique. Yours may vary just slightly from the piece pictured
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