Foo’s Ho Ho & the East Side Cultural Crawl

I thought I’d share some recent art & food inspirations from our recent tourist mini-vaca to Vancouver. The annual Vancouver east side art crawl 2011 was on and we happened by a venue during our Chinatown afternoon.  click here for What is the cultural crawl?  You may have a BLOG post by me 2 months ago when I got my first wood burner. I’ve had a couple unsuccessful projects ie. pumpkins ~so I was awe-struck when at the top of the giant stairwell, in ghetto parts of chinatown, we saw this guy’s studio and show. Bradley Messer is his name and here’s 2 pieces of work. click here for Bradley’s website & a video of his wood process



Foo’s ho ho. The oldest restaurant in Vancouver. My review? A  fleet of hilarious kind-but-curt characters make up the staff. 80’s classic chinese decor with duct tape holding the brown air conditioner onto the wall. We ordered the famous stuffed chicken which was too huge for 2 and too greasey to eat more than a plate of (but super fun). click here for restaurant website     

I took these photos the same day. The bottom one is one of my husband’s father’s fav buildings in Vancouver. Short version of the story: Way back when, after the swampland in Van was sold to a bunch of Chinese people, it was eventually bought back. A fellow ended up with a Lot that was only 6 feet deep and I think 50 feet long. That’s 6 feet from the curb. He built this building, which has taken many forms over the years. If you look closely, you can see how thin it is. Currently, it’s an insurance agency. Look at the scale of the sandwich board out front to the width of the building. cool.  I snapped the photo as we were driving home, thinking about my father-in-laws passion for architecture.




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Inspiration for today’s Make Something Every Day comes from Joel at He made a simple owl using his “wood burning  kit”. So there  I was killing time in Walmart the other day and I picked up a kit.   WHAT IS PYROGRAPHY?

Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning.

Pyrography means “writing with fire” and is the traditional art of using a heated tip or wire to burn or scorch designs onto natural materials such as wood or leather. Burning can be done by means of a modern solid-point tool (similar to a soldering iron) or hot wire tool, or a more basic method using a metal implement heated in a fire, or even sunlight concentrated with a magnifying lens.

wood burning kit

This guy is nuts ~but a great example of the range of stuff you can find when you Search a topic in Youtube. It was not helpful in any way but awesome to see a grown guy so stoked about getting his wood burning kit. 

This lady is equally nutty but she knows it and that made me actually giggle aloud while watching her video. “what do your relatives know about horticulture?”. “If your family are drinkers.. this is a pretty good bet”.  The light switch plate and boot were cool but the rest was pretty bricka bracky  aka. a bit too cottage country crafty.  PS. Kate – she loves LEE VALLEY. 

my wood burning kit in action!

So I spent a couple hours out on our sunny deck and predictably burnt myself a couple times. I  came up with this as a test driftwood block for the different tip options. The kit is the $14 version- the one the guy in the first video got for Xmas was pricey, like $200. Mine came with three tip ends that you change with plyers, instead of a giant console with switches. What do you think? It was pretty fun and reminded of burning ants with a magnifying glass, with my brother, while family camping.. as a kid.

my first attempt at pyrography

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