Dave Trimble 1915 - 1997
By AILEEN POWER
Of The Observer
BEACHBURG - Standing in his living room, Dave Trimble is surrounded by the world he has created. Horses stretch out their sinewy legs. in full gallop, dogs lay down for a sleep, farmers are set to hitch up their wagons and owls keep watch over everything.
It's a world carved from blocks of butternut, pine and sumac by Mr. Trimble who whittled his first dog out of a piece of pine in 1971. Renfrew County audiences will recognize Mr. Trimble from appearances in the annual Irish play and when he performs with the Pembroke Legion Band
He augmented these-hobbies by carving 20, years ago. because he wanted something to do. Since then he has sold his carvings at craft shows across the province in Toronto, Windsor, Chatham and London. He quit the craft show circuit seven years ago, when the cost of travelling amounted to more than what he was earning but not before he won three ribbons at the International Carving Show in 1983
Many people want to learn how to carve, but they don't concentrate, says Mr. Trimble. He starts out with pieces of slabwood he obtains from John Bromley's sawmill, indents the eyes and other features allowing air in so the drying process can start. He then puts it aside to make sure it doesn't crack.
The shape of the branch or wood, closeness of growth rings gives Mr.Trimble his carving ideas. When putting knife or chisel to wood, he finds the most difficult part is keeping human and animal body parts in proportion. "When first starting I knew what a horse looked liked, but then again I really didn't, because becoming knowledgeable about anatomy takes a while."
Sometimes, Mr. Trimble uses lilac wood but because it has a natural twist, its more suitable for small items such as the broachs he carves.
Most days find him in his shop carving from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and usually working on more than one item at a time. The final step is to sand the item a little, usually with a round rasp, before applying a coat of shellac.
Pembroke Observer article on Dave Trimble
A typical craft fair display of Dave Trimbles work including his prized display sign "Carving Cravings" , carved in relief from Staghorn Sumac.
Carving Cravings, Dave Trimbles prized display sign
3 squirrels carved in 1992 and 83 by Dave Trimble of Beachburg, Ontario Now part of a Kemptville Ontario area collection.
3 squirrels carved by Dave Trimble
1982 and 83
Comic figures carved by Dave trimble of Beachburg Ontario in the 1980's and now part of a Houston Texas collection
Carvings by Dave Trimble
Deer Head paper weight carved by Dave Trimble of Beachburg Ontario in 1985 and now part of a Kingston On area collection
Deer Head paper weight carved by Dave Trimble
Horsehead paper weight carved from Cedar by Dave Trimble of Beachburg Ontario in 1971and now part of a Houston Texas area collection.
Horsehead paper weight carved from Cedar by Dave Trimble
Moose from Maple, carved by Dave Trimble of Beachburg Ontario in 1994 and now part of a Houston Texas area collection.
Moose from Maple, carved by Dave Trimble