Beau­ti­ful things from cancer bat­tle

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - STEPHANIE NEW­ING­TON

IT was un­der sad cir­cum­stances that Eric Grice be­gan his new trade, but the wood artist is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down now.

Mr Grice, who runs carv­ing busi­ness Art-Wood with his wife, Sheena, took up wood craft af­ter a 15-year bat­tle with cancer.

Now in re­mis­sion, Mr Grice has been build­ing in­tri­cate cot­tages, mills, trains and game boards for three years.

“It’s a lit­tle bit of history,” Mr Grice said.

Among his mod­els are crib­bage boards, and build­ings based on the Princess River Lodge at Lake Bur­bury, and the Brad­shaw Sawmill.

Steam train fig­urines are his most pop­u­lar cre­ations, but they won’t be for long if Sheena has any­thing to do with it.

“She’s moved right in [to the shed],” Mr Grice said.

Mrs Grice uses a Dremel — a ro­tat­ing tool attachment — to sculpt del­i­cate fig­ures in wood. “She’ll kick me out be­fore long!” Art-Wood have show­cased their Huon pine pieces at the Der­went Val­ley Au­tumn Fes­ti­val, the Bushy Park Show, and the Brighton Show with more to come.

Mr Grice said af­ter over­com­ing cancer, his craft­work helps him to stay fo­cused.

“I’ve lost my lung and my liver among oth­ers,’’ he said.

“It keeps me think­ing pos­i­tive.”

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