This blog shows the folkart I make, my reproduction furniture and other projects. My studio/shop is in my backyard. It's a couple of miles off the main road in West Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada. When you come to visit make sure you see – the "Olde Times" Garden House Museum; Grandma's Attic; the Furniture Box; Grampa's Loft (antiques, old doors, etc. in my Dad’s old barn loft); and my World's Largest Egg Beater, certified by Guinness World Records.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kerras' fisherman lights the night at Ice Boat Rarities & Antique

     The good folks at Ice Boat Rarities & Antiques in Cape Traverse have extensively renovated the former Cape Traverse United Church over the past year and have opened one of the best antique shops in Eastern Canada along with Island Uniquities & Antiques just down the road.  
     In early December 2017 one of the finishing touches to all the work was to have Dwayne place one of Kerras' carved fisherman on top of the steeple!  It's perfect!
    Kerras made many fisherman over the years.  Below is Kerras with one of his fishermen at Seacow Pond/Harbour near North Cape, P.E.I.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Alma Church Picnic Vignette - 2007

     Kerras' made folk art from memories of his childhood.  This piece is a church picnic scene he knew well when growing up in the 1960-70's in rural Prince Edward Island.  In this piece he has the hallmarks of a church picnic - the cake auction; the homemade ice cream; the knock-the-cats-over game; the man who had too much to drank; the young man giving his girl a flower; a man running to the outhouse, etc. 
Kerras' piece built in April-May 2007
Holy Trinity Anglican Church Alma Church Picnic, early 1900's

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Garden planter trellis

     Back in 2001 when Arnold had just finished renovating his house, Kerras built two planter trellis' for him. Being so busy in summers with their motel they never got placed in his landscape until last thursday when he brought them out of storage for his niece's wedding.

Kerras' Racoon

    Our niece saw this piece today at a home in western P.E.I.  It's one of Kerras' earlier pieces 1995-1996.

Monday, July 31, 2017

"Canada's Friendly Giants" Our Canada 2008

    I came across this when sorting through magazines yesterday. I submitted the info for Kerras for Our Canada's "Canada's Friendly Giants" section and they combined it with a photo submission from a lady in Charlottetown for the article.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vignette: Boy Warming Feet in Oven

     Kerras would often make art from the pictures in his mind from his childhood.  Arnold Smith bought this piece from Kerras in 2002.  
     Kerras was brought up in a large family with four brothers and two sisters - he was in the middle, three older siblings and three younger siblings, and the 5th generation of Jeffery's on their family farm in western Prince Edward Island.  When he was a child the heart of the home was the kitchen with the wood range (stove) - this was the main source of heat in the house and where his mother prepared all their meals.  In wintertime the kids would be outside skating and playing on the ice - their feet would get cold and wet, so when they came in to the house off came the boots and socks, the door to the warm oven would be opened, and a chair pulled up to sit and warm the feet.  The hat and mitts would be placed on top of the "warming oven" to dry.
     The range in this vignette is identical to the one in the Jeffery home where Kerras grew up.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Kerras' work at Iceboat Rarities & Antiques, Cape Traverse

     We were at Iceboat Rarities & Antiques yesterday as this new business opens for the summer season.  We saw lots of amazing antiques and things of interest; Kerras' art including his painted ceiling; and new to us, Bryan Maynard's Photography - excellent Island photographs from Farmboys Inc. https://www.facebook.com/farmboysinc/?hc_ref=SEARCH 
     Below is a photo from Iceboat Rarities & Antiques Facebook page displaying Kerras' and Bryan's artwork.  Be sure to talk to Larry, Jane and Ben Dugdale or any of their staff!
     Also, down the road a few hundred feet is Island Uniquities & Antiques where you'll also find great antiques; unique things of interest; and Kerras' art for sale.
https://www.facebook.com/islanduniquities/
     Kerras built and created many things for both historic buildings for Larry & Jane. Below the exterior features Kerras' sign; gable round window; well-pump handrail, etc.