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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Page 16 Finnish-born carver ranked high in Toronto AVONMORE, Ont. (CP) Finnish-born Mauno Veltheim of Avonmore to- day ranks high among North America's master wood-carvers. Only recently the 57- year-old wood-carver sent two of his works to the Toronto-based Garfield Galleries. Garfield Galleries replied they were not aware of any sculpture or wood-carving "in your vein ever having been done by any other sculptor in this country." The Avonmore resident was informed his work was "altogether unique in Canada" and was in the spirit of master carvers who, for centuries, practis- ed their art in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The Finn, now a Cana- dian citizen, came to this country in 1951 and began his career as a full-time wood-carver in 1965. Today he works from a small room at the rear of his house in this community 40 miles southeast of Ottawa: Mr. Veltheim was only eight when he made his THE CAMERA AND YOU by GERRY SAGE Here are a few tips lhal ,-il] help you get the best tires with you' auto malic camera. If possible have the sun shining on Ihe frcmi ol youi subject. Make sure Ihe rays o) the sun don'l strihe the exposure meter or lens. Try not to have your Subject partially in sunlighl shade. It's nor possible lo gel good exposure of bolh aieas at Ihe same lime. Avoid light subjccls in a dark area or dark subjects in a very light surrounding. In these situations, move in close to eliminate as much background as possibto. On an overcast day. try lo ex chide Ihe sky from you pictures The sky is usually so much brig hie Irian your subject lhal i1 wil cause Ihe subject lo bi underexposed {loo dark] Anyway a grey sky _ very prefly. Always be sure camera tens meter are no obstructed. Have a good week, COURTESY OF KWIK KOLOR College Mall first carving with a knife he borrowed from his businessman father. Today he specializes in carving animals, singly and in groups. His recent creations include a bull moose standing off wolves, bighorn sheep at the alert, deer feeding and cranes at mating. He also carves owls, seals, eagles, horses, cows and buffalo. Several of his pieces have been displayed in New York and at Ontario Hoiise in London. A Veltheim woodcar- ving, Horses at Play, was recently donated by the Canadian government to the United States National Association of Furniture Manufacturers for presen- tation to the company mak- ing the most significant contribution to the use of wood in the industry last year. As he works he concentrates on achieving the detail and sense of movement in his pieces that have made him famous. His first carving, done nearly 50 years ago, show- ed a farmer sitting near a log fire and smoking a pipe. Later he studied anatomy for two years un- der the Finnish artist Jonas Heiska, took a course in drawing, but is otherwise self-taught. At 17, he exhibited in Helsinki. "I always liked to work with wood because it is nice and warm to Mr. Veltheim said. "Wood is always nice to feel I like clay work and ceramics but this does not satisfy me." Mr. Veltheim, his wife Ethel and four children came to Canada in 1951 to escape "war and days of hardship back at home." When he arrivzd, he spoke no English. He started his new life work- ing on a farm near Mon- treal at a month. He worked on various jobs and eventually decid- ed to move lo eastern On- tario, where he has been living the last 12 years. He mostly works on butternut wood which he says is a little softer than walnut. On an average carving, Mr. Veltheim spends two or Ihree days. And on a more difficult carving, such as a pair of has to spend as much as five weeks. "Everything has lo be he said. "If I am not satisfied with a car- ving, I do it al! over again." He produces about 800 carvings a year. Concrete boat launched The 53-foot, 23-ton sail boat built by Arnold Lathigee of East Bay, N.S., was launched last week on East Bay Sand Bar. One crane couldn't handle the weight so a second had to be called. The ship has a 62-foot main mast and took two and half years to build. CARPENTRY CORNER Building a home workshop By DONALD BRANN Years ago when promi- nent designers submitted entries in a home building contest, thousands of visitors were fascinated with the novelty of the products, and end use of materials. Most visitors, women as well as men, were es- pecially enthusiastic when they saw the three different workshops in these homes. Each work- bench was designed to provide a practical home for all the tools and equip- ment a homeowner would need to make needed repairs. We created simplified step by step directions for each bench so everyone who wanted one could build it to fit space'available. Step by step directions and assembly illustrations were printed in the book offered below. It explains how eight different base and wall cabinets can be built from plywood. Directions also explain how to build a double thick plywood counter top to cover several cabinets. Those who own power tools will he able to build cabinets to accommodate a drill. Another ingenious storage cabinet idea shows how to drill holes and slots in a wall cabinet that provides a handy home for each tool. Book No. 677 How to Plan and Build a Workshop is available at Send cheque or money order to Carpentry Department, Lelhbridge Herald, P.O. Box 4090, Sta- tion A, Toronto, Ont. Send additional for catalogue illustrating 300 other build it yourself projects. Wednesday, July 30 (B Truth or Consequences O> The Price is Right O Hollywood Square; O Kcws (D News tt) Dr. in thp House O Xevvs O News (D News O Tony Orlando Dawn 0) N'cvvs O Movie: Man's Kavoiite spun 6-30