June 2, 2019
Doors Open Ottawa: Barber Carving & Sculpture Inc

We weren't going to do Doors Open Ottawa this year because our weekend was packed but the kids were sad and I was sad about it. Anyway, I thought maybe one of the places would be pretty close and we could duck in and not break our attendance streak after Elizabeth's black belt ceremony was over.


Long story short we went to Barber Carving & Sculpture mostly because I misread the map and thought it was in the Glebe and by the time I realized my mistake I was determined to go.


I'm glad we did, because it was easily one of the top three Doors Open locations we've ever been to. From the description I thought it might be a quick visit (only two rooms of sculptures to look at), but it was hugely entertaining and the older kids would have been happy to stay quite a bit longer.


There were amazing sculptures to look at and the kids were very interested to find out how they were made, but they also had all kinds of students there to answer questions and demonstrating how they were working on various things. One station was set up to allow us to try our hand at chipping away at rocks (the hammers are heavier than they look!) and another to carve our very own soapstone pendant. Amelia and I tried to make an A but she was not patient enough to get the result she wanted. Elizabeth made an ice cream cone and Matthew made a bird.


Elizabeth enjoyed it so much she wanted to know if they had a summer camp program and is contemplating whether she could try a class sometime.

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