Beautiful things from cancer battle
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.”