The idea of Fairy Glen Studio was conceptualized when Rick decided he wanted to make what he wanted rather than what other people wanted. The first project was born at the beginning of 2014 with a concrete sculpture that is called DNA.
From there he progressed to stylized wildlife inspired by David Attenborough documentaries. The attraction to the shape of the long and fluid birds is what inspired the Canada Goose Collection. In 2019, the Penguin Collection was curated and thus began a search for the perfect wood grain. The Penguins were originally carved from purple heart wood. From there he started experimenting with other wildlife and contemporary human forms in yoga poses.
All these sculptures were carved in the Fairy Glen Studio in Qualicum Beach, BC. Originally the carvings were an experiment and enjoyed by family and friends at the family property. However, the prototypes evolved into an idea of carving more sculptures to spread the joy.
Fairy Glen was the name of the property in Tasmania where Rick and Sandra were married in 1972. This magical place inspired the naming of the family property in Qualicum Beach where extended family and friends gather and thus the Fairy Glen Studio in Qualicum Beach was born.
Magic continues to be made at Fairy Glen.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rick has been working with his hands since he was young and began making surfboards at the age of sixteen. Rick married a Canadian (Sandra) and immigrated to Canada in 1972. They moved to BC in 1973 with their newborn.
The next foray was into shoe making for Fox and Fluevog in Victoria. Rick then migrated to cabinet making. Rick and his wife formed Lazlo Rossini in the early 80s, focusing on the luxury kitchen market. Lazlo Rossini was a very leading edge cabinet making company and became very well known in the industry. Following that, Rick worked as a consultant for various companies and retired to QB in 2016. So, this is where the the next chapter of the story really begins.
While design and woodworking was no longer his job it was still his passion and Fairy Glen was reborn in Qualicum Beach. Rick and Sandra live on the property and enjoy hosting family and friends amongst the geese.
Fairy Glen Studio is housed on the property in two large sea containers that were converted into a workshop. Rick continues to experiment with designs and on most days he can be found in the workshop. It is a labour of love.
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