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While he spends around six hours per day at his projects and is well-known around the community with continual requests, Pilgrim says he doesn’t sell most of what he makes.
“Sometimes someone comes in and wants to buy something but most of the stuff I make I give away,” he said.
“It’s just a hobby for me, and it’s therapeutic in a sense – it gives me something to fill the day.”
There are many distinctive and idiosyncratic artifacts in the Pilgrim shed.
For his crib boards, Pilgrim has designed some the size of table stools and some with cursive spiral designs.
A paddleball Pilgrim made for his wife also has wooden birds that bob their heads up and down as the ball attached to the paddle is swung around.
Pilgrim says many of these designs he thinks of himself, or finds them online and decides to test his skill and figure out how to make them himself.
“I just took at it and think to myself ‘there’s a way to rig that up,’” he said.
Whatever the project or design, Pilgrim is content to keep growing and developing his talents with woodcarving for many years to come.
These carvings of the island of Newfoundland are another popular item in Bruce Pilgrim’s collection.
This work depicts the meticulous and precise skill Bruce Pilgrim puts into his carving.
One of the most unique items in Bruce Pilgrim woodcraft collection is this paddleball item with carved birds who bob their heads as the attached ball swerves around.
An eagle that Bruce Pilgrim crafted and painted for his brother.