Sunday, February 17, 2013
Letterboxing and mini-meets in Guelph
Ah. What a wonderful Saturday I had. First, some lovely winter letterboxing in Eden Mills, then a lovely mini meet with old and new letterboxers. I finally got to go boxing this year, found some great boxes - didn't fall in freezing water this time - and then off to a mini meet which was hosted by the ever gracious Fiddleheads. Ah, bliss.
I had actually meant to get out earlier in the morning yesterday so that I could go after a few more winter letterboxes, I ended up going out with only enough time to hit some Lone R plants in Eden Mills (on the way to Guelph).
Food for the Undead - planted by the talented Lone R. I love this gorgeous trail system. This particular box takes you along the Guelph Radial Trail near Eden Mills. It's a gorgeous trail, for me particularly in winter where you have some nice crunchy snow in the silence of a fragrant cedar forest. Very serene. Loved it.
Continuing along the trail, a wonderful box planted by Lone R with layered stamp by 3 Blind Mice - I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK. I've always lusted after the gorgeous images 3 Blind Mice has created and shown online, and I'm really happy to have one in my logbook today. Unfortunately, it's not the best of transfers. I think it was about -10 Celsius yesterday, so I think the ink was actually freezing to the stamps and not transferring well. I loved the image so much, I may just return in the summer to ink this one up to do it justice. However, this also has started the gears going in my head to try to find a way to make good impressions on the trail. Hmm...
Finally, Two Little Zombies Sitting in a Tree. Too cute. Loved them. Sadly, no more boxes so back to the car and off to the meet!
The very first letterboxing meet up I ever attended was Fiddleheads' Winter Mini-Meet and Carve in 2011. I was completely awed by all the amazing carving I saw going on around me. I found it really inspiring and I really got carving after that meet.
Two years later, I found this meet equally inspiring and have been plotting some new boxes for Toronto. It was a smaller gathering - but actually perfect. I love our little community, so it was great to learn some new things, catch up, and chat about the state of letterboxing in Ontario. Just like Vivian the Viking, I was most intrigued by the parchment transfer technique which I haven't tried yet. It seems a little more cumbersome than the xylene pen or hot iron - the two transfer types I rely on now. The only draw back for me of those is that I have to know that I'm going to carve and what I'm going to carve the business day before I'm actually going to carve since my trusty printer is at work. I can't be inspired and start carving on the spur of the moment as I have an ink jet printer at home. So I definitely want to try this one - but I'm lacking in ink, paper, and parchment at the moment, so that's a post for another day.
Anyways, after yesterday, I have a number of transferred images waiting to be carved, so I must be off!