A Juried Exhibit of Contemporary Artisans
Woodstock Museum - Woodstock Ontario
September 5 to November 1 - 2008

Grave Goods

Featuring the work of:

Caz Bently
wood block prints
Daniel Bernyk
metal scuplture
Pat Burns-Wendland
hand spun weaving
Scott Caple
Larry Cluchey
wood turning
Catherine Crowe
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
living history
Sandra Dunn
& Steve White

Dianne Edwards
Kelly Green
wood carving
Allison Hamilton
Lydia Ilarion
fine metalwork
David Ivens
Lloyd Johnson
forged metals
Mary Lazier
Elsa Mann
Darrell Markewitz
forged metals
Rosemary Molesworth
Kelly Probyn-Smith
Mark Puigmarti
forged metals
David Robertson
forged metals
Brenda Roy
fine metalwork
Rob Schweitzer
tablet weaving
Graeme Sheffield
forged metals
A.G. Smith
Steve Strang
painting & drawing
Ruth Swanson
Kathryn Thomson
blown glass
Mark Tichenor
Laura Travis
stone carving
Catherine VamVakas Lay
blown glass
Sara Washbush
fine metalwork
Brigitte Wolf
stained glass

Lloyd Johnston
Box 13, Site 2
Woodville, ON
K0M 2T0
(705) 426-5396

Lloyd Johnston is a fifth generation blacksmith who at age 17 told his father he was never going to work where he got his hands dirty. He then pursued formal education in Engineering. Upon graduation he began a serious study of blacksmithing. The relentless pursuit of excellence and superior quality work has long been his goal. As a professional blacksmith of close to 40 years, the bulk of Lloyd’s work has been for historic sites and museums. Replicating artifacts or doing conservation and restoration work. Among the many commissions are the restoration of the Wellington Wall Gates on Parliament Hill, Ottawa in a gothic revival style and restoration of neoclassical gates at the entrance to the Rose Garden of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario. Lloyd has had commissions all across Canada, in the USA and Europe. Lloyd continues to study ironwork and does commissions as well as teaching blacksmithing. As a hobby he is studying fiddle.

" These two crosses are a physical representation of nearly 40 years of studying ironwork as an artistic medium. The inspiration comes from historic examples of iron crosses located in Europe and North America. The thoughts that flowed from the creative mind of an otherwise utilitarian craftsman combined with ideas from a client executed in a fog of depression and community support resulted in an art form seldom understood by the general population of today. The iron medium is born from dirt by much labour and goes back to dirt where it came from with no labour at all. Much human intervention is needed as the key to preservation of iron as an artistic medium."

Grave Cross One
forged mild steel

These memorial crosses are constructed from mild steel using time honored and traditional joinery techniques. Inspiration for the design comes from the study of "iron spirit" in the Ontario cemeteries located in Waterloo Region, The Counties of Grey, Bruce and Huron. Examples are also found in Quebec and Saskatchewan, as well as the Dakota states of the USA.
It is hoped that others will take the same journey and further studies will be undertaken resulting in the care and preservation of these wonderful examples of the blacksmiths artistic expression brought about by the death of a loved one.

Grave Cross Two
forged mild steel
Personal Collection of the Artist


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