My father passed away in 2008.
He was an honest, hard-working, honourable man who lived a long and happy life.
Generous and kind to a fault, he will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
He instilled in me a strong work ethic and moral compass for which I will always be grateful.
He felt a deep connection to nature throughout his life.
Pursuing hunting and fishing as hobbies, I often felt that these were really just reasons for him to return to the woods that he spent so much time in as a child.
He also traveled extensively after his retirement, but was equally happy to return home.
He was a proud Canadian.
A woodworker in his own right, his projects were of a more practical nature than mine.
I can assure you that over the course of my childhood, I lost more than one chisel or socket of his (of course, it was probably always the 1/2" one).
Although frustrated (which I now understand as an adult), he was always patient and supportive of my curiosity and creativity.
After all, I got it from him.
He always appreciated an item that was well made - "that's an old dandy" he would say with a broad smile.
Each of these instruments is a piece of me and, as a result, a piece of him. So he lives on.
I wanted to find a way of remembering him in each instrument.
Something that would reflect his nature.
And so the maple leaf.
For his love of nature and Canada.
This is for you, Dad.