~ Sunburst Wood Carving, by David Taylor ~
Driving along the rural back roads of the Nova Scotia shore in Kings County, I stumbled upon a classic cedar-shingled house and yard in Black Rock adorned with brightly colored wood carvings that made for an irresistible stop. As I snapped a few photos, the property’s owner, David Taylor, amiably introduced himself and explained that the menagerie of carved-wood creatures and other whimsical sculptures spread in every direction across the land are his creations. He’s even affixed a pea-green sea monster carving about 100 yards (or 90 meters) offshore that sits atop the water’s surface at high tide.
Taylor is a true folk artist in the best sense of that term. One small carving led to another and eventually Taylor found himself having devoted many years to lovingly making wood objects from locally sourced driftwood and other materials for his own enjoyment and that of others. In addition to his many sculptures, Taylor spends time making distinctive rustic bird houses, each graced with the weathered, long-bearded face of a coastal fisherman and which he regularly sells. His work is sufficiently appreciated that the nearby town of Canning recently festooned utility poles along its main business district with about two dozen of Taylor’s birdhouses in a wonderful public art display with local businesses adopting particular birdhouses.
Taylor regularly undertakes commissioned work and has more than a few birdhouses and other reasonably priced carvings available. Although he doesn’t have a website, Taylor can be reached at email@example.com.
Mother and Baby Whale, by David Taylor
Iconic Nova Scotia Fisherman, by David Taylor
Graceful Mermaid, by David Taylor
Nova Scotia Lobsterman, by David Taylor
Carved Pole and Mermaid Wind Vane used for a clothes-line, by David Taylor
Wood Butterfly, by David Taylor
Whimsical Starfish, by David Taylor
Contented Bluejay, by David Taylor
Grizzled Face Birdhouse, by David Taylor
Seaside Denizen, by David Taylor
Curious Wood Storks with Wrought Iron Legs, by David Taylor
Another David Taylor Birdhouse in Canning, N.S.
David Taylor, posing with his Nova Scotia Lobsterman
Soaring Dolphin, by David Taylor
The Watchful Sun, by David Taylor
HMCS Sailor, by David Taylor
Bright Sunburst, by David Taylor
Great Blue Whale, by David Taylor
David Taylor Birdhouse in Canning, N.S.