So oddly, I start this blog space with a rather faded reference to “treky” days when in fact this is going to be a blog about the life, and times, and observations of Shadflyguy – humble servant, and seeker of the authentic and beautiful in things produced by past and in some cases of present people.
Come and enjoy with me a nice cup of tea or coffee, or espresso as the case may be, and I will attempt to explain why for the past thirty years I have occupied my waking moments finding, selling, and researching Canadian antiques and folk art, when in my “previous” life I was trained and fully employed making high tech slide extravaganzas, as were “all the rage” then at places like Expo 67, and Ontario Place.
I am going to attempt over time to transfer to this site the four giant drawers I have full of photographs, notes, and background information on some of the Canadian folk artists I have met. This in some kind of orderly fashion so as they may be useful to those seeking this previously unpublished material. I am also going to attempt to relay some of the juicier “picker’s stories” I have heard in my travels because they are fun. I may even illuminate some old time dealers tricks, and things to watch out for when buying antiques. If I really get rolling I may even start to document my furniture restoring techniques. Although I am concerned about the possibility of someone ruining dear Grandma’s rocker and holding me personally responsible…. hmmm. You can see I am thinking about categories, and ramifications. I think I may have the hang of this but do I have the chops. We’ll see.
Right up front I want to thank my daughter Cassandra for leading the horse to water. O.K. Welcome aboard, and let’s get at ‘er and post this puppy before I loose my nerve.
Hey Phil, way to go. I’m impressed. keep up the good work. Lynn Mallette
IT WILL BE JUST LIKE SITTING ON YOUR VERANDA IN THE SUMMER EXCEPT IN PRINT. LOOK FORWARD TO IT. GOOD LUCK.
finally! a blog of interest & worth reading.
I am very proud to have lead this particularly stubborn horse to water. Your first blog entry is great! You’re a natural! Welcome to the weird and wacky world of the internet. I look forward to reading more 🙂
Opps. I mean “led” not “lead”. Where’s that English degree again?
Thank you all for the kind words. I find this to be a very encouraging start and I will strive to keep going in a positive forthright fashion.
Also, a big thanks to Susan Murray for taking the picture.
Way to go Shadfly guy!! You have so much knowledge after so many years in the business…
It will be amazing to read about all your experiences and learn a bit!!!
And of course, you do have a way of telling stories that is soooooooo entertaining..and I am not in the least bit biased….