Artist makes his work a fam­ily af­fair

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - OPINION - E-mail her at brenda.dredge@sym­pa­tico.ca. BRENDA DREDGE

I am a huge fan of all things hand­made and that’s why I ad­mire the work of Wil­sonville na­tive Colin Lo­gan.

Lo­gan grew up just out­side of Water­ford and has not strayed far from his roots. When he mar­ried Wendy, he stayed close to home and built a house, about 15 or so years ago, on his 24-acre prop­erty next door to the farm where he grew up. He had no de­sire to leave Nor­folk County.

At 19, he started work­ing in a fac­tory. Over the years, he also be­gan grow­ing gin­seng. Lo­gan al­ways liked the farm­ing life and knew that fac­tory work was not for him. So, he gave up that job to con­cen­trate on cre­at­ing his works of art.

Lo­gan spent a lot of time work­ing along­side his fa­ther, re­pair­ing and mak­ing equip­ment for the farm. He felt at home weld­ing. “It’s what I like to do to - de­sign and cre­ate.”

His weld­ing soon led him to pro­duce pieces of art made from items close at hand and of­ten found in na­ture. “Peo­ple liked them and bought them.” says Lo­gan.

In 2006, he at­tended his first show, the an­nual Art in the Park event in Parry Sound. Not only did he sell out, he also re­ceived an award for best booth. Not bad for a first time.

In 2012, he re­tired from farm­ing and now spends his time on his craft. Lo­gan at­tends shows and events across On­tario from Windsor to Sud­bury to Ottawa. He has won about a half-dozen awards.

De­pend­ing on its com­plex­ity, a piece can take from a few hours to a few days to go from vi­sion to fin­ished work. His pieces, which cost from $65 to about $500, can only be pur­chased at one of the many shows he does. He will do cus­tom work if his sched­ule per­mits.

Lo­gan’s pas­sion is shared by and with his wife, who ap­plies most of the clear coat paint on pieces, and daugh­ters Macken­zie, 16, and 12-year-old Casey. Lo­gan’s first dragon­fly was cre­ated by Macken­zie for a school project. He helped with its de­sign and Macken­zie did the weld­ing.

The girls ac­com­pany Lo­gan to his shows.

“It’s good for them to in­ter­act with cre­ative peo­ple. They also learn a bit about busi­ness and sales,” he said.

“I like them to be a part of what I do but I also want them to fol­low their own dreams.”

Lo­gan still has a few shows left this sea­son. His next one is next month on Thanks­giv­ing week­end at Vineland’s Artfest at Twenty Val­ley Pub­lic School. From there he plans to head to Ottawa for the Sig­na­tures Show, Nov. 15-19, and then to Toronto for the One of a Kind Show at the En­ercare Cen­tre, Ex­hi­bi­tion Place, from Nov. 23 to Dec. 7.

You can check out some of his past pieces on his Face­book page. You can also email him at the stone­forge@hot­mail.com. Our Town is an Expositor fea­ture that presents news and views from com­mu­ni­ties in our area. Brenda Dredge is a free­lance writer who lives in Water­ford.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Nor­folk artist Colin Lo­gan holds one of his fin­ished pieces.

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