Kudos - John Foreman
Ever notice how upon meeting new people, some just seem to stand out, with their spirit staying with in your thoughts long after the conversation took place?
Regional semi-celebrity John Foreman graced the fundraiser for Maggie's Resource Centre and launch of Mystical Voices magazine this past May with a display of authentic Broad Axe Hand Hewing and folk music, is also the talent behind the Millennium Park’s bands shell built in 2001.
A side conversation drifted into John’s personal philosophy regarding forest management and harvesting practices. My mind drifted to a blurb, in the news recently about David Suzuki’s Foundation’s new Agreement with other Sustainable Forestry partners.
Once back at home office, I Googled the topic. (Incidentally, John has a web site for those wanting to now about his handhewing works, as well as videos on You Tube. )
‘The Canadian government, and several environmental organizations, which address some 72 million hectares of public forests, primarily Boreal Forest. The intent is to conserve forest and other wilderness areas while protecting caribou and numerous other living things within. Hopefully this initiative will mean a turning point to address our vision for the future. Since a vast majority of Canada’s Boreal Forest is First Nations territory, with Aboriginal treaty rights and title issues still unresolved,government is obligated to consult with Aboriginal people as partners, in order to do justice to our grander vision.
On a more micro level, are the John Foreman’s of the world, who in the early 1990’s found his grandfather's broadaxe on the garage floor of the old Foreman family homestead. His Broadaxe methodology, used in manufacturing square timber, and in the Band Shell, is the craft of hand hewing where this interesting pushing 80 lumberjack continues to build and teach. John speaks softly from his soul attempting to articulate his philosophy and approach to finding and choosing his woodworking material. Reminiscent of Suzuki’s own Biological systems and Productivity Theories. Simply, Suzuki and Foreman share a view in a harmonious human and nature balance of long-term maintenance and wellbeing that depends on the health of nature while responsibly using natural resources. While Scientists and Academics research and develop new technologies, John’s approach is not new.
So if you happen to be in downtown Bancroft’s ‘Millennium Park’, consider the band shell’s stage design and the man’s philosophy behind the structure; Kudo’s to John foreman; innovative thinker, handhewing expert and talented musician! www.handhewing.com
written by; Jan Porter, copyright June 2010
Jan Porter ~ Author www.inspiredsoulworks.com