Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle – Welcome to the blog

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Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle – Welcome to the blog

Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle, what better words could start my blog.
Yes a blog, I thought it was about time.

This will be a place to see my ideas and designs in a variety of stages rather than just the well polished presentation of the portfolio . There is a lot that doesn’t make it to print and I hope you find interest in this.

More importantly “Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle”. The catch in a beautiful poem by Denis Glover that I built a sculpture around for the botanical gardens late last year. I thought this blog would be a good place to print it in full as it is a beautiful piece:

The Magpies
When Tom and Elizabeth took the farm
The bracken made their bed
and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said

Tom’s hand was strong to the plough
and Elizabeth’s lips were red
and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said

Year in year out they worked
while the pines grew overhead
and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said

But all the beautiful crops soon went
to the mortgage man instead
and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said

Elizabeth is dead now (it’s long ago)
Old Tom’s gone light in the head
and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said

The farm’s still there. Mortgage corporations
couldn’t give it away
and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies say.
-Lieutenant Commander Denis Glover DSC (1912-1980)

I always enjoy getting the opportunity to present at the ‘Sculpture in the Gardens’ exhibition and the wide open space was a perfect place for this poem and the farm gates I created. The NZ Hearld described it as “A sculpture that captures the way of life of Kiwi farmers. The larger-than life magpie sits on a bigger-than-usual farm gate. The magpie’s song is carved into the cross-beam that holds the gate together and scenes of early New Zealand farming are carved into the gate posts. It’s fun, it’s totally typical of my farming childhood and I like the referencing between poetry and art.”

Ill try my best to make these posts regular and importantly fill them with the interesting carving work.

Bryan

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