Facelift for the carvings at Eagle Run dike

The next time you are at Eagle Run, have a look up at the four carvings at the gable ends of the EagleWatch shelter. They’re now brighter and fresher, thanks to some work by our volunteers.

The carvings were installed when the structure was built in 1997. A bronze plaque on the shelter includes this:

Carving
Xwa Lak Tun – Rick Harry
Sko-mish Nation and
Howe Sound Secondary School’s 
Cross-Cultural Carving Program

 

Over the years, the paint on the carvings faded and this summer some of our volunteers decided to help restore them. In September, Larry Flynn took on the task of organizing the work. Larry reported: “Thanks to Alison Wald for assistance in the initial organization of contacts and agreement from the carving artist for the restoration work, to Nelson Winterburn and Gary Inkman from “The Men’s Shed” for assistance with the sanding and painting, and to Donald Lawton, also from the Men’s Shed, for the loan of the scaffold.  Carl Halvorson provided advice on the restoration itself, including colour matches and highlighting techniques.” Carl noted that the painting started on a day when “it was barely above freezing, breezy and pretty darn cold on the hands”. 

Also this fall, Jim Gracie ordered a load of gravel to help improve the drainage underfoot at the shelter and Carl helped him rake it. The gravel was funded from the Squamish Trails Society’s Senior Smoothers grant: the grant was provided by the New Horizons for Seniors Program of Employment and Social Development Canada.

Thank you and well done to everyone involved in this work.

Photo above by an obliging passing visitor: Larry Flynn repainting the south carving outside the shelter.