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Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery hosting Greg Gillespie


Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Blue-bead Lily
Greg Gillespie
carving - tupelo, black walnut, brass, paper, acrylic
NFS at the present time

Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery

1073 Fox Point Rd, Dwight

Artist Inspiration

With all due respect to those folks who embrace the season of snow, for me there is nothing that renews the spirit more than the return of our summer birds after a long cold winter. Many bird lovers are particularly excited to see the season’s first hummingbirds. These tiny birds travel more than 3200 kilometers from their winter range in Central America to reach their breeding grounds in Ontario, and can fly non-stop for up to 800 kilometers at a time. While they do not have to worry about COVID, their life journey is fraught with many other dangers, from avian diseases to accidents, predators, and bad weather. As they have done for many thousands of years, all wildlife must strive to overcome the hardships that must be endured for the good of their species and the continued renewal of their kind.

This adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) is perched upon a Blue-bead Lily (Clintonia borealis). The bird’s body and wings are carved from tupelo. The eyes are glass and the feet are fabricated from brass wire, silver solder and epoxy. With the exception of the blue beads, which are wood, all other parts of the plant are metal. Both the bird and the plant are painted with acrylics.

Artist Bio

Greg is a world class fine art wood artist that has been producing wildfowl wood sculpture for the past 40 years. During this time he has won numerous awards at major carving shows including the Ward World Championship in the United Sates and the Canadian National Championship in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Greg creates realistically carved and painted songbirds, decorative paddles and interpretive sculpture. In 2016 he became a Master Carver by placing third in the World Interpretive Wildfowl Wood Sculpture division at the Ward Championship with his carving 'Startled'. In 2015 he won Second in Show for the People's Choice Award at this same event with his first World level interpretive entry ‘Out for a Paddle’.

Greg has lived in Muskoka and North Bay and now he and his wife make their home in the village of Haliburton in order to be close to their cottage on Kennisis Lake. Greg has a degree in Forestry from the University of Toronto and is retired from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources after a 30 year career.
His love of camping and other recreational pursuits in the natural environment is the inspiration for his art.
To see more of Greg's work visit

Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery

Voted "Best Art Gallery" Huntsville Forester’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards
Our quaint log cabin gallery offers an exquisite selection of fine Canadian craft and original art made by over 110 Canadian artists and artisans. We are located just west of Algonquin Park in Dwight, Lake of Bays, Muskoka.
You will find exquisitely crafted studio jewellery, original artwork, functional and decorative pottery, unique garden art, woodworking, metalwork, toys, greeting cards, beeswax candles, sculptures, stained, blown and fused glass, and more. Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery is a destination that provides a unique and relaxed Muskoka shopping experience. We're close to Dorset Tower and many natural wonders such as Dwight Beach, Oxtongue Rapids and Ragged Falls.

Discover for yourself why our carefully curated collection and gorgeous, natural setting continue to delight guests from around the bend and around the globe. Check and our Facebook and Instagram pages for a sneak peek, seasonal hours and the latest news. We look forward to welcoming you in 2022 - our 43rd season!

Open daily Canada Day to Labour Day
Mon-Sat: 10-5; Sun: 11-4
Closed Wednesdays from Labour Day to Thanksgiving
Mon/Tues and Thurs-Sat: 10-5; Sun: 11-4
Open weekends only after Thanksgiving
Sat: 10-5; Sun: 11-4

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